The VMD has announced an informal consultation on proposals for amending the Veterinary Medicines Regulations regarding the supply and use of premixtures by the domestic keeper.
The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has announced an informal consultation on proposals for amending the Veterinary Medicines Regulations regarding the supply and use of premixtures by the domestic keeper.
The proposals, announced today (December 3), have been prompted by discussions about the supply and use of the Flubenvet Wormer premixtures to the domestic poultry market – particularly the difficulties experienced by domestic keepers related to availability of a cost effective wormer medication.
Although this issue relates to the Flubenvet premixtures, the VMD claims the rules apply to all premixtures and all domestic keepers of animals, not just poultry.
If accepted, the new proposals would mean that the onus will be on the supplier of the product to ensure that the keeper of the animals being supplied is a domestic keeper and that meat/eggs/milk are not intended to be sold for human consumption.
A VMD spokesman said: “Our aim is to ensure proportionate regulation for domestic keepers which permits the products to be supplied with ease and enables the domestic keeper to have the product mixed into feed as necessary, whilst ensuring that the requirements for the safe use of these products in animals reared for human consumption are not undermined.”
The VMD is asking “interested parties” for their opinions and comments on these changes to ensure that they are based on the “best available information”. The full proposal is available to download here.
Any views, suggestions or comments should be submitted by the closing date of January 4, 2010.