In order to promote correct drug use by animal and poultry raisers and animal feed businesses, the Health Inspection Office held the "2021 Awareness Meeting on Prevention of Drug Residues in Animal and Poultry Products and Veterinary drug Laws and Regulations" on September 24, 2021 at the Waipu District Public Office. Associate technical specialist Huang Yi-ming of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Council of Agriculture was invited to serve as speaker at this event. Huang explained methods of protecting against drug residues in animal and poultry products, the possible risks of drug residues, the Veterinary Drugs Control Act and other relevant laws and regulations, and instructed the farmers and animal feed sellers in correct drug use concepts.
When they encounter abnormal animals or poultry, animal raisers should ask a practicing veterinarian (or veterinary aide) to make a diagnosis, and purchase lawful veterinary drugs in accordance with the prescription. To achieve the best efficacy, users should also follow the prescription and the drug label and instructions concerning drug usage, dose, and withdrawal time. Only when they are used correctly will veterinary drugs be able to effectively prevent and treat diseases and maintain the health of poultry and animals. Drug use should be discontinued in accordance with the specified withdrawal time in order to avoid the presence of drug residues in animal and poultry products, and ensure the health and safety of these products.
The Health Inspection Office appeals to animal and poultry raisers maintain the quality of animal and poultry products when seeking to boost their production efficiency. Animal raisers should establish close partnerships with animal feed businesses, drug manufacturers, and practicing veterinarians (or veterinary aides), and perform appropriate disinfection and disease prevention measures. These steps will effectively guard against drug residues in animal and poultry products, maintain the quality of domestic animal and poultry products, and thereby boost the industry's competitiveness and sustainability.