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Animal Drugs in Food Revisions Proposed (November 2016)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public comment period regarding its proposed amendments for the set of regulations entitled “New Animal Drugs; Updating Tolerances for Residues of New Animal Drugs in Food.” The agency is revising the regulations in an effort to more clearly describe the process for determining tolerances.

According to the Federal Register, “tolerances” are defined as the “maximum concentration of marker residue or other residue indicated for monitoring that can legally remain in a specific edible tissue of a treated animal.” FDA has recently determined that previous processes to develop the existing regulations have produced an ineffective and inconsistent presentation of the information. Scientific advancements have driven the agency’s evaluation of residues in new animal drugs to evolve, prompting FDA to propose modernizations that will align existing regulations with the new methods.

FDA is accepting public comments beginning on October 28, 2016. Comments may be submitted electronically or by mail.

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