AFIA to Answer Important VFD Questions Via Webcast
The “” webcast is set to take place Thursday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The seminar will allow participants to hear from and converse with AFIA staff expert including Richard Sellers, AFIA senior vice president, and expert in feed regulation in nutrition. Sellers, who has served as an AFIA staff member for 23 years, said the organization was a principal author of the original VFD provisions in 1996.
“It has been 18 years since Congress passed the Animal Drug Availability Act and quite a lot has changed—and AFIA sees many of those changes in a negative light,” said Sellers.
To date, FDA allows VFD drugs to be administered in animal feed under a veterinarian’s order and care. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed changes to its VFD regulations, which AFIA for on Feb. 25, 2014. According to FDA’s proposed rule on VFD, all of AFIA’s issues have been addressed, however, the organization has added an additional concern—veterinarian’s intention statement.
“The webinar is a way for AFIA staff to address one of our gravest issues in a timely manner. Participants will gain new and useful information on VFD and can participate in a Q&A session following the presentation,” said Sellers.
The webinar will answer questions including: what are VFDs; what are feed mill operators responsible for; when will the changes take effect; and more.