Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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Drug Residues in Dairy Cows to be Examined

Washington-- Regulators want to know what veterinarians are doing to avoid drug residues in the meat of slaughtered dairy cows.

The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine wants to survey dairy cattle veterinarians about their use of the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank, participation in the Dairy Beef Quality Assurance program, knowledge of risk factors associated with drug residues in dairy cattle tissues, and ability to identify the best way to disseminate drug residue avoidance information to dairy industry clients. According to a Federal Register notice filed July 9, the agency is accepting comments on the proposal through Sept. 7.

Shannon Cameron, a spokeswoman for the FDA, said the survey is intended to direct the agency's efforts to promote awareness and provide education about drug residues.

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Spending Bill Includes ELD Extension on Livestock Truckers

Washington—Truckers hauling livestock are now exempted from using the federal electronic logging device until Sept. 30 under new language...