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FDA Withdraws Proposal To Limit Livestock Antibiotic Use, Raising Public Health Concerns
Lynne Peeples: Environment and Public Health Reporter, The Huffington Post
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday its withdrawal of a decades-old proposal to limit the use of antibiotics in animal feed, a move experts say could have dire implications for public health.
Some of the positions held by Mike Taylor:
Monsanto, Vice President (1996-2000)
Resources for the Future (RFF), Senior Fellow and Director Center for Risk Management (2000-2009)
King and Spalding Law Firm partner with one client, biotechnology lawyer for Mondanto (1981-1991)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Senior Advisor to the FDA Commissioner, Attorney at Law, Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Deputy Commissioner of Foods and Veterinary Medicine (2009-present)
United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Services Administrator USDA/FSIS (1994-1996) (The National Organic Program is regulated under the U.S.D.A)
George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, Research Professor.
The LC was concerned that full and complete enforcement of the regulation, and the intent that it appears to show, would prohibit the use of many substances allowed on the NL. Full enforcement of the section could result in the prohibition of such commonly accepted preventive practices as the use of teat dip at milking time to help prevent the incidence of mastitis, and welfare practices such as the use of pain relief medication during castration, dehorning and surgery not related to illness. These restrictions would completely contradict sound animal welfare practices that many constituents from all sectors of the organic industry believe not only should be allowed in organic livestock production, but at least encouraged if not actually required
USDA/National Organic Program
PART 205—NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM § 205.238 Livestock health care practice standard.
(c) The producer of an organic livestock operation must not:
(2) Administer any animal drug, other than vaccinations, preventives, and pain relief medications, in the absence of illness;
The key prase " other than vaccinations, preventives, and pain relief medications"
"Administer any animal drug, other than vaccinations": This means that vaccines from live or dead virus, tetanus included are permitted by the National Organic Program.
"preventives" This also means that antibiotics can be used after castration as a preventative measure and permitted by the National Organic Program.
"pain relief medications" This also means that in the case of knocking out an animal to perform castration, using something like Ketamine, is also permitted by the National Organic Program.
FDA/Food Safety Modernization Act
Effective Jan. 1 2016
For farmers who don’t qualify for the Tester-Hagan exemption or whose exemption is revoked, the proposed produce safety rules cover every aspect of growing and harvesting crops, including worker training, hygiene, domestic livestock, wildlife, and buildings and equipment.
There are three problems that underlie almost all of the provisions
synthetic applications allowed under certified organic?"
§205.603 Synthetic substances allowed for use in organic livestock production.Synthetic substances that may be used in organic livestock production are specified for the following uses and applications: Link Here For Details.
Rainbow Ranch Farms does not use any synthetic applications!
accountability, traceability & shared financials
does certified organic mean "no vaccines?"
§205.105 Allowed and prohibited substances, methods, and ingredients in organic production and handling.. Link Here
Rainbow Ranch Farms does not vaccinate any livestock!