The Food Animal Residue Avoidance Database has gotten a late infusion of funds that will allow it to continue operations for another year. FARAD is a cooperative effort involving North Carolina StateUniversity, the University of California-Davis and the University of Florida. It is administered through USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. Its purpose is to maintain a database that provides livestock producers, Extension specialists and veterinarians details on how to avoid drug, pesticide and environmental contaminant residue problems.

The database includes:

  • Current label information including withdrawal times of all drugs approved for use in food-producing animals in the United States and on hundreds of products used in Canada, Europe and Australia.
  • Official tolerances for drug and pesticides in tissues, eggs and milk.
  • Descriptions and sensitivities of rapid screening tests for detecting residues in tissues, eggs and milk.
  • Database with approximately 5,000 scientific articles with data on residues, pharmacokinetics and the fate of chemicals in food animals.

In existence since 1982, FARAD has consistently struggled to secure adequate funding to maintain this unique database and provide access to veterinarians and produces, say organizers. The American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Swine Veterinarians and National Pork Producers Council have worked to get Congress to permanently fund the project and were successful in getting FARAD included in the 2007 Farm Bill currently being debated.

The information available through FARAD can be an invaluable resource when using drugs extra-label to determine extended withdrawal times necessary to comply with AMDUCA, say AASV officials. Expert-mediated assistance is available by calling FARAD at (888) USFARAD or by using the searchable database, FARAD VetGRAM, available online (access requires that you register first through the member services link on the homepage.)

Source: AASV