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CAHI Member Companies Agree to Phase-Out Uses of Medical Important Antibiotics

Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) Member Companies Agree to Phase-Out Uses of Medically Important Antibiotics for Growth Promotion and Support Increased Veterinary Oversight of Medically Important Antibiotics Used in Animal Feed and Water

April 11, 2014 - Members of the Canadian Animal Health Institute announced their intent to work with the Veterinary Drugs Directorate (VDD), Health Canada to align all affected antibiotics with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) policy on prudent use of antibiotics. Under the policy, the growth promotion uses of medically important antibiotics will be phased out in conjunction with the implementation of veterinary oversight for the therapeutic antibiotics used in feed and water. FDA anticipates the new policy will be fully phased in over the next three years, and Health Canada’s recent “Notice to Stakeholders” indicates that timelines align.

The full press release is attached.