FDA Publishes Final Rule on Tolerances for Animal Drugs in Food
On July 10 FDA finalized its rule on Updating Tolerances for Residues of New Animal Drugs in Food. This rule was originally proposed in 2012 with a revision proposed in 2016. The rule will become effective September 9.
As described in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Update, the new rule does not set new tolerances, but it does standardize and clarify “the standards for determining, codifying, and updating tolerances, and [it] also provides a definition section of key terms that the FDA uses in the determination of tolerances. This final rule will enhance understanding of tolerance determination and improve the overall readability of the relevant regulations.”
This rule follows in the footsteps of the Guidance on Evaluating Animal Drug Safety in Food-Producing Animals and the Strategy for Antibiotic Stewardship in Food Animal Production in FDA’s continued interest in ensuring that drugs are used to treat animals for food in a way that is protective of human health.