Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank - FARAD

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Veterinarians throughout the country seek guidance from FARAD to prevent harmful drug residues from contaminating food animals

The Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank, FARAD, is a USDA-sponsored service that consists of regional units at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Kansas State University and the University of Florida. FARAD’s services are unique in the nation. 

Faculty member Lisa A. Tell, DVM, PhD, is the Western Region’s director. 

FARAD's primary mission is to help producers and veterinarians prevent or mitigate illegal or harmful residues of drugs, pesticides, biotoxins and other chemical agents that may contaminate foods of animal origin. 

FARAD collects, analyzes and generates scientifically-based data about veterinary products used in food animals.  This scientific data is used to determine appropriate drug withdrawal intervals for when drugs are used according to the Animal Medicinal Clarification Act in an extra-label manner.  

FARAD consultants also recommend measures to mitigate the effects of accidental exposure to environmental contaminants. 

Livestock producers and veterinarians working with food animals in every state across the country use FARAD as a resource to help ensure that milk, meat, eggs, and other animal by-products are safe for human consumption.