One part of the MDA mission is to enhance Minnesotans’ quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply. A big part of producing safe food is making sure that animals to be used for the food are kept healthy. Sometimes, when an animal is ill, using antibiotics or other veterinary drugs are necessary for treating a specific disease and maintaining the animal’s health and welfare.
With the use of these essential tools comes the responsibility to use them appropriately and only when necessary. And after their use, preventing residues in food products is key to ensuring these products are safe. By working with producers, veterinarians and other industry stakeholders, we can promote good stewardship and the prevention of residues by constantly reviewing and improving how we use antibiotics, as well as the means used on farms to ensure meat and milk products are marketed after the appropriate withholding times.
The Minnesota Drug Residue Prevention Program is intended to help producers, veterinarians and industry stakeholders prevent veterinary drug residues and promote antibiotic stewardship through a quick response to positive residues and proactive education. Educational materials are available for any interested party and outreach activities are conducted routinely throughout the State.
DISCLAIMER: Establishment of a veterinary-client-patient relationship is essential when it comes to producing safe product. Please keep in mind that educational materials should not be used in place of a veterinarian, but to supplement the services that they offer.
Nicole Neeser, DVM, MPH
Dairy, Meat & Poultry Inspection Program Manager
Jessica Evanson, DVM, MPH
Drug Residue Prevention Senior Consultant
Erik Jopp, DVM
Veterinarian and Meat Inspection Supervisor