JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Jan. 12, 2018) – A bill filed in the Missouri House would ban state enforcement of certain FDA rules relating to medications in animal feed. If passed, the legislation would take a big step toward nullifying these unconstitutional FDA mandates in effect.
Rep. Jeff Pogue (R-Salem) prefiled House Bill 1750 (HB1750) on Dec. 27. The legislation would bar the state, its agencies and its political subdivisions from implementing or enforcing federal laws, rules or regulations that require livestock producers to obtain a veterinary feed directive (VFD) in order to use medicated feed, or similar regulations that require veterinary oversight for the use of medicated feed. The bill specifically prohibits the Missouri Department of Agriculture from adopting any such federal rule, or similar rule without the approval of the general assembly.
The FDA exercises strong regulatory control over animal medications. Effective Jan. 1, 2017, the agency implemented strict rules relating to how medically important antibiotics can be administered to animals. Under the rules, the FDA requires veterinary oversight whenever antibiotics are administered to any “food animal species” via feed or water. The rules apply even if the animals are not intended for food production. In …
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