The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking input from individuals with “direct knowledge of current industry practices” concerning transit times to slaughter, milking frequency, and drug withdrawal periods.

Recognizing changes in the agricultural industry since the 1980s, FDA aims to gain a fresher perspective on how end users interpret a zero-day withdrawal period or zero-day milk discard time.

Comments are requested for specific questions such as: minimum transit time for food-producing animals sent to slaughter, time held in facilities before slaughter, milking frequencies for dairy operations, and the interpretation of labeling on new drugs stating “zero-day withdrawal period” or “zero-day milk discard time.”

The comments will be considered in order to evaluate current withdrawal period assignments. Comments will be accepted until Oct. 8 online HERE, or by mail to Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

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