In 2015, AMS began approving poultry companies to the School Food Focus Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use (CRAU). In 2017, School Food Focus transferred management of the standard to the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC) at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. ARAC seeks to minimize the use of veterinary antibiotics that are identical or closely related to drugs used in human medicine. Poultry producers in conformance with CRAU are prohibited from using antibiotics with analogues in human medicine routinely or without clear medical justification. Use of antibiotics with analogues in human medicine must be rare, well documented, and prescribed by a veterinarian. Antibiotics that do not have analogues in human medicine have no further restrictions in this standard, as their use at this time is believed to present minimal risk to public health.
The scope of the CRAU verification includes a comprehensive farm-to-package review of relevant processes and facilities that include hatcheries, feed mills, farms/barns and processing/packaging sites. The audit must document systems for proper identification and segregation of CRAU product from farm to package.
To meet the requirements of the CRAU standard, a poultry company must be audited through either the USDA Process Verified Program (PVP) or the USDA Quality System Assessment (QSA) Program, which are defined in the QAD 1001 and the QAD 1002 procedures, respectively. Either program ensures that the CRAU requirements are supported by a documented quality management system. To ensure conformance to the CRAU standard, audit reports will be submitted to School Food Focus.
The following approved companies have been found in conformance with the requirements of the CRAU and with all criteria of their approved quality management systems.
- Use the USDA Process Verified shield and term
- QAD 1000: QSVP General Policies and Procedures (pdf)
- QAD 1001: USDA Processed Verified Program (pdf)
- QAD 1002: USDA Quality System Assessment Program (pdf)
- QAD 1080: Checklist for ARAC Standard for CRAU (pdf)
- GU5122JJW: Auditor Guidance – ARAC Standard for CRAU (pdf)
- FDA’s Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food-Producing Animals