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Banco de datos para evitar residuos en animales de consumo en Español

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New APP Data and Webpage

The VetGRAM App for Android and iPhone has been updated with data. We have added a new page listing any changes to the Approved Animal Drug Database since the App was updated.

EPA and FDA to Seek Public Input

EPA and FDA will hold a joint virtual meeting on March 22, 2023, to provide information and receive public comment on the current approaches to the oversight of various products regulated as either pesticides or new animal drugs.

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Search our online database of uses, restrictions and required withdrawal times (WDT) for FDA drugs approved in food animal species.

Request ELDU Advice

If you are a licensed veterinarians, please use our FREE online submission form for questions regarding accidental chemical contamination or drugs used in an extralabel manner in food animals.

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Digest WDI Search

FARAD-recommended Withdrawal Interval Recommendations for selected extra-label uses of a limited number of drugs.

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Prohibited and Restricted Drugs

The FDA can limit the prohibition on extra-label use to specific species, indications, dosage forms, routes of administration, or a combination of these, as well as prohibit them from use in any food-producing animal.

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Extra-label Drug Use

Learn about the law, requirements, and restrictions of extra-label drug use.

A pheasant captured by Lukas Kadava

Veterinary Feed Directive

A VFD Order is a written statement from a licensed veterinarian that authorizes a client to use a VFD drug.

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Species Specific Website

Drug handling and species specific operation information for veterinarians, pharmacists and producers.

Search Bibliographic Citations

This database contains documents that have time versus concentration data for live animals with a focus on food animal species.

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Animal Use Classes

Definitions of use classes for Major Food Animal, Companion Animal and Minor Species, as defined by the FDA.

Sheep Photo, courtesy Don Preisler


FARAD exists because of the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act of 1994 (AMDUCA).

The Food Animal Avoidance & Residue Depletion Program celebrated its 40th year at its annual meeting in Austin Texas. In 1982 FARAD formed a small consortium of pharmacologists and toxicologists, funded by the USDA, to help promote safe practices involving the use of drugs in food animals. It is FARAD’s goal to provide expert advice to veterinarians, extension specialists, and livestock producers regarding extra-label drug use and contamination emergencies to prevent drug residues in meats, milk, and eggs.
FARAD Group Photo November 2022