Canadian Use Of Antibiotics In Livestock To Change

Canadian farmers are going to have fewer drug options for promoting growth in food animals.

The Canadian Animal Health Institute is going to work with the federal government to align all affected antibiotics with the new U-S FDA policy on prudent use of antibiotics.

That means the growth promotion uses of medically important antibiotics will be phased out – to be replaced by veterinary oversight for the use of those drugs in food and water.

Institute President Jean Szkotnicki says their hope is that this will address consumer concerns about the growing resistance to antibiotics in humans.

But she says her members are also asking Health Canada to move ahead on modernizing more of it’s regulations.

Szkotnicki says that includes things like the importation and use of non-approved products.

She argues Canada is unique in allowing that – and suggests closing that loop-hole would further align us with other developed countries in the world.

The Canadian Animal Health Institute represents the companies that manufacture animal health products.

        

Institute President Jean Szkotnicki this should help address consumer concerns about the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

      

Szkotnicki says they’re still trying to figure out how that’s going to work.

         

Szkotnicki says her members are also calling on the federal government to modernize some of Health Canada’s other regulations.