In addition, the President will be signing a memorandum directing Federal departments and agencies to create a preference for meat and poultry produced according to responsible antibiotic-use. The three-tiered approach to achieve this goal will consist of the following:

  • Initiating a process within 120 days of issuance of the proposed memorandum to make available meats and poultry from animals raised according to responsible antibiotic-use policies in certain Federal cafeterias. The General Services Administration (GSA), which operates a significant number of Federal cafeterias, will lead this approach, although other departments and agencies may join;
  • Broadening the availability of meats and poultry produced according to responsible antibiotic-use policies for sale in all Federal cafeterias serving civilian Federal employees by 2018 for poultry and 2020 for other meats, not solely those operated by GSA; and
  • Developing an acquisition strategy for applying a preference by 2020 in Federal acquisitions for meats and poultry produced according to responsible antibiotic-use policies sold or served in all Federal facilities.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also issued the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) final rule on the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals. The final rule outlines the requirements for authorizing use of VFD drugs and provides veterinarians in all states with a framework for authorizing the use of medically important antimicrobials in feed when needed for specific animal health purposes.

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The forum follows several other efforts by the Obama Administration to combat antibiotic resistance, including the September 2014 Executive Order 13676 prioritizing Federal efforts to combat the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the National Strategy on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, and the March 2015 National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

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This article originally appeared on MPR