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Add To Calendar 28/04/2016 16:00:0028/04/2016 16:20:00Africa/JohannesburgAsian-Pacific Aquaculture 2016US FDA regulatory approach to veterinary drugs used in aquaculture   Crystal 1The World Aquaculture Societyjohnc@was.orgfalseanrl65yqlzh3g1q0dme13067DD/MM/YYYY

US FDA regulatory approach to veterinary drugs used in aquaculture  

Barbara Montwill
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Office of Food Safety
College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Seafood is the most important food commodity consumed globally, accounting for nearly 20% of animal source food. It is forecasted that the world's population will require 232 million metric tons (MT) seafood by 2030, around 62 million MT more than the planet can expect to produce.

The aquaculture production is expected to continue its growth contributing significantly to the global seafood trade and providing around 109 million MT while wild fisheries will stay stable with production of 61 million MT. However, achieving a higher aquaculture production level to meet the future raising global demands cannot compromise seafood safety and quality. The aquaculture expansion, associated with increasing intensification and diversification, might require the use of veterinary medicines to prevent and treat disease outbreaks, assure healthy stocks and maximize production.

The use of appropriate antimicrobial treatments is one of the effective management responses to emergencies linked to infectious epizootics. But, their inappropriate use can lead to problems related to increased frequency of bacterial resistance and the potential transfer of resistance genes from the aquatic environment to other bacteria. Furthermore, imprudent use of antimicrobials may also result in the occurrence of their residues in aquaculture products and, as a consequence, bans of those products by importing countries and economic losses. The judicious and responsible use of veterinary medicines is an essential component of successful commercial aquaculture production systems.

This presentation will introduce the audience to the regulatory structure in the United States that applies to use of animal drugs in aquaculture.

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