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Veterinary Antibiotic to be Reviewed by Regulator

26 March 2007

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The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), the independent national regulator of agricultural and veterinary chemicals, has today publicly launched its review of the veterinary medicine neomycin.

Neomycin is an antibiotic commonly used to treat scours in calves and mastitis in dairy cattle

“The APVMA has concerns about the safety of neomycin in relation to residues and implications for trade,” APVMA Public Affairs Manager, Mr Simon Cubit, said today.

“There is potential for neomycin residues in food-producing animals to exceed residue standards thereby creating a hazard to human `health and for these residues to exceed the tolerances of importing countries thereby prejudicing trade.”

The scope document for the neomycin review is currently available for public comment. The document can be downloaded from the consultation area of the APVMA website.

In a new initiative the APVMA invites interested groups or individuals to register their interest in participating in the review.

Those who register will receive regular updates on the progress of the review (which may take more than a year to complete) as well as background information on the APVMA and its Chemical Review program.

Registrations can be made online at www.apvma.gov.au or by phoning the review manager on 02 6210 4767.

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See also: Documentation relating to the neomycin review.

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