FARAD Launches Free App for Tracking Food Animal Drugs

The Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD) has released a new app—VetGRAM—for android phones that allows users to find information on currently approved drugs, and assists food animal veterinarians and producers with mitigating the risk of contaminants from entering the food supply. The app is an evolution of the mobile-friendly site, which was previously released for users with iPhones, iPads or other non-android devices.

Unlike the mobile-friendly site, the app is a native application that allows users to store VetGRAM’s databases on their android phones, thereby providing full access to information, even in remote areas where there is limited or no connectivity to the Internet. Once on the database, users can view required drug withdrawal times and tolerance limits for all drugs that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in major food animal species.

The app is available for free download for android phones in the Google store or through FARAD’s website. FARAD is continuing to work on developing a similar app for the iPhone.

FARAD is a congressionally mandated risk management program that is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and maintained by a consortium of universities.

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