I think we can all agree it’s in everyone’s best interest to have access to effective antibiotics for people and for animals. It’s critical for public health — and vital for livestock production and well-being.

That’s why it’s also important for those of us in animal agriculture to demonstrate we’re doing our part to protect antibiotic effectiveness and in doing so, help maintain confidence in food safety. In pursuit of those objectives, labels of certain classes of antibiotics — those used in both animals and people — will be transitioning.

In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) put forth plans to change the way feed- and water-based antimicrobials are used in cattle and other production animals. Three documents provide the details: Guidance for Industry No. 209, Guidance for Industry No. 213 and Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) 21 CFR 558.