Public Meetings to Discuss Antimicrobial Use in Livestock
March 8, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a Federal Register notice on Thursday announced plans for five meetings to provide an opportunity for public dialogue and feedback on challenges faced by the animal agriculture industry and practicing veterinarians as FDA implements its initiative for the judicious use of medically important antimicrobials in medicated feed or drinking water of food-producing animals. Particular emphasis will be placed on challenges faced by animal producers in areas that may lack access to adequate veterinary services. The meetings are jointly sponsored by FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. 
 
The dates and locations of the meetings are: April 9, Bowling Green, Ky.; April 23, Olympia Wash.; May 8, Fort Collins, Colo.; May 21, Pierre, S.D.; and June 4, College Station, Texas. The American Sheep Industry Association's Animal Health Committee encourages interested producers to participate. 
 
Oral presentations from the public are welcome on the topic of discussion at the meeting. Although prior notification is not required, it is recommended that those desiring to make oral presentations notify the contact person before the meeting. In an effort to accommodate all who desire to speak, time allotted for each presentation may be limited. For more information, contact Patricia Arnwine, FDA, 240-276-9724 or patricia.arnwine@fda.hhs.gov.