Is it safe to eat medicated turkeys?

Asked September 28, 2015, 2:19 PM EDT

I have a turkey we have treated with metronidazole for blackhead. Will we be able to eat her? If we can, how long should we wait after treatment? She was also wormed with albendazole. Same question for that medication.

Hamilton County Iowa food safety poultry lrk

1 Response


According to the information provided and the drug used you will not be able to eat that bird.

Regulatory Considerations


The Food and Drug Administration has not approved the use of

metronidazole in animals. Federal law prohibits the extralabel

use of nitroimidazoles in food-producing animals.{R-



Metronidazole is not approved for use in food-producing animals.

There are no established withdrawal times.

Note: Metronidazole is not specifically approved for veterinary use.

Here is a website with more information on that medication:

Perhaps consulting a local veterinarian and allowing him/her check the bird will provide more information.

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