OBA responds to potential changes to access to antibiotics

Recently, Health Canada proposed amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations to address the issue of antimicrobial resistance in the context of veterinary drugs. Included in these proposed amendments is a change in access to products currently used for the prevention of American Foulbrood (AFB), which would require veterinarian approval. 

The OBA's submission states:

The OBA strongly recommends a program of surveillance, education and training wih full access to antibiotics. The OBA warns that any restrictive access to antibiotics, such as requiring beekeepers to obtain a prescription from veterinarians, would be counter-productive and harmful to Ontario's already fragile honey bee health and beekeeping industry.

The full submission, including recommendations, can be found here.