IDF publishes guide for use of antimicrobial agents in dairy production

In an effort to help key players in the dairy supply chain produce safe and high quality milk, The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has published a Guide to Prudent Use of Antimicrobial Agents in Dairy Production.

March 15, 2013

In an effort to help key players in the dairy supply chain produce safe and high quality milk, The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has published a Guide to Prudent Use of Antimicrobial Agents in Dairy Production. This Guide provides a framework for the dairy industry to manage the risks associated with treatments necessary for good animal health and welfare. It provides an overview of relevant Good Agricultural Practices, as well as targeted factsheets for dairy farmers, veterinarians, food processing and pharmaceutical companies, and competent authorities.

This Guide complements the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/IDF Guide to Good Dairy Farming Practice, which provides a framework for on-farm quality-assurance programs, focusing both on consumer safety and the image of the dairy sector. “In line with this Guide, the new guidelines focus on prevention and management of food safety outcomes. They are a major collaborative and integrated effort and I encourage everyone in the industry to adopt and use the new Guide,” said Jeremy Hill, IDF President.

The Guide has been developed under the leadership of the IDF Standing Committee on Residues and Chemical Contaminants. “Key players in the regulation, supply, and use of antimicrobial agents at farm level were consulted throughout the process to ensure the guide is robust,” said Helen Dornom who led the IDF Action Team that developed the Guidelines.

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