Chicken Farmers of Canada is Seeking Your Input on the AMU Reduction Strategy

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Chicken Farmers of Canada’s (CFC) antimicrobial use (AMU) reduction strategy is a step-wise approach to eliminate the preventive use of antimicrobials of human importance (Category I-III).

Category III Reassessment

In conjunction with approving the reduction timelines, CFC Directors requested that a reassessment of the Category III goal and timeline be performed in 2019.

Now is the opportunity to have your input! CFC is launching a stakeholder survey, which is an opportunity to input on the next step of the CFC AMU reduction strategy.

The objective of the reassessment survey is to obtain input on 1) the impacts of the Category II elimination, and 2) the Canadian chicken value-chain’s level of preparedness for the elimination of the preventive use of Category III antibiotics by the end of 2020.

CFC recognizes that the full impacts of eliminating the preventive use of Category II antibiotics may not yet be fully understood. Therefore, CFC will be conducting a follow-up survey with participants that complete this consultation. This second opportunity for input will be in October 2019 and will allow the opportunity for stakeholders to provide any further context as to the impacts of the preventive Category II elimination.

Feedback on this questionnaire is being requested from chicken farmers, provincial boards, poultry veterinarians/Canadian Association of Poultry Veterinarians, nutritionists/feed mill associations, chief provincial veterinarians/provincial animal health laboratories, researchers/academia, hatcheries, processors, broiler hatching egg producers and primary breeders.

The survey will be open from May 28th through June 25th and can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/CFCcategory3 or by clicking on Category3 Survey. The survey can be completed via computer, tablet or phone.

CFC Reduction Strategy

CFC’s strategy has been developed to provide a sustainable means of meeting consumer expectations, while protecting the health and welfare of birds, and preserving effective treatment options.

Reduction Timelines:

  • Step 1: Elimination of the preventive use of Category I antibiotics in May 2014
  • Step 2: Elimination of the preventive use of Category II antibiotics at the end of 2018
  • Step 3: Goal to eliminate the preventive use of Category III antibiotics by the end of 2020

CFC’s AMU reduction strategy only focusses on preventive use of Category I, II and III antibiotics. This is not a “Raised Without the use of Antibiotics” strategy. CFC’s strategy continues to allow:

  • The use of antibiotics for treatment of clinical or subclinical infectious diseases identified in a flock of birds
  • The preventive use of ionophores (Category IV antibiotics)
  • The use of chemical coccidiostats

For more information on CFC’s AMU strategy, please visit https://www.chickenfarmers.ca/antimicrobial-strategy/.

Categorization of Antibiotics

Antibiotics are ranked (Categories I-IV) by Health Canada based on their importance to human medicine.

The following table provides the classification of antibiotics:

Chemical coccidiostats are not defined as antibiotics. These products include: Nicarb, Robenz, Amprol, Zoamix, Coyden, Stenerol, Clinicox and Deccox.

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