In response to pork production concerns addressed to our attention, NPPA has compiled helpful information for consumers and others outside of the pork industry.
It is far too easy to generalize the pork industry. Due to competitive pressures, and consumer demands, today’s pork production includes everything from small niche specialists to larger farms geared to optimum efficiency. Change is essential throughout the business world, but it doesn’t mean the small operators can’t thrive.
The important thing to remember is that pork producers are committed to using all animal health products – including antibiotics – responsibly. Pork producers follow veterinarian’s recommendations and all U.S. pork producers are required to adhere to animal health-product withdrawal standards that meet U.S. maximum residue limits. These standards were determined through science-based testing by the Food and Drug Administration to ensure the safety of all products entering the national food chain.
Visit http://www.nepork.org/ViewNewsRelease/tabid/735/Default.aspx?id=679 to read further information on antibiotic usage.
Pork producers do everything possible to ensure food safety on the farm. Furthermore, regulations and inspections by the United States Department of Agriculture at the plant have resulted in the world’s safest food supply.