The Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank — known as FARAD — is publishing its antimicrobial databases on CD for the first time. This is of particular interest to veterinarians and animal-health related personnel.

The annual CD subscription containing a searchable compilation of FDA-approved food-animal drugs can be ordered from the FARAD Web site at www.FARAD.gov. The CD contains a complete compendium of all FDA-approved animal drugs. It also contains species-specific compendia of currently marketed animal drugs, searchable PDF files, printable reports, species specific abstracts and regulatory information. There will be quarterly updates, which will be sent in January, April, July, and October.

The CD contains no extra-label information because, while FARAD provides withdrawal intervals for specific clinical situations, it is not permitted to promote extra-label use of drugs.

FARAD is a National Food Safety Project administered through USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, with collaborative efforts at North CarolinaStateUniversity, the University of California-Davis, and the University of Florida. FARAD is a computer-based, decision-support system designed to provide livestock producers, Extension specialists and veterinarians with practical information on how to avoid drug, pesticide and environmental contaminant residues.