VFDS FOR HONEYBEES — WHAT AND WHY?

The Nov. 2016 article in Bee Culture Magazine did a great job on this topic. Here's a synopsis. "When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulations take effect in January to combat overuse of antimicrobial drugs in food animals, veterinarians will be in charge of an uncommon patient: honey bees. That’s right—honey bees are considered a food animal and will be subject to the same regulations as cows, chickens and other animals raised for food production. The antibiotics beekeepers use will no longer be available over the counter, and will require a VFD order from a veterinarian to be administered. With a rise in beekeeping’s popularity—especially in

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