The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has confirmed the UK pig industry will be granted the maximum five year period to withdraw zinc oxide from piglet diets.
The VMD has promised to support the industry in the transition and is urging ‘responsible use’ of zinc oxide during the phase-out period. It is planning to publish sales data to highlight progress.
There are three veterinary medicines authorised for oral administration to food producing animals in the UK that contain zinc oxide as their active substance. They are authorised for use in piglets for the prevention, or treatment and control, of diarrhoea.