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IDF Launches New Antimicrobial Framework for Responsible Dairy Chain Use

18 March 2013

GLOBAL - 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.

The 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.

The Guide has been unveiled at the OIE Global Conference on the Responsible and Prudent Use of Antimicrobial Agents for Animals, an important opportunity to disseminate the Guide’s key messages.

Dr Jeremy Hill, IDF President, commented: “I’m very pleased that IDF collaborated with OIE to develop these guidelines for improving the care of milking animals. It is fundamental that milk and meat are produced from healthy animals with controlled use of antimicrobial agents.”

“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.”

This Guide complements the FAO/IDF Guide to Good Dairy Farming Practice which provides a framework for on-farm quality-assurance programmes, focusing both on consumer safety and the image of the dairy sector.

The Guide has been developed under the leadership of the IDF Standing Committee on Residues and Chemical Contaminants.

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