September 2018

National Pork Board Position on Antibiotic Use in Pork Production

America’s pig farmers are dedicated to raising healthy animals to help ensure a safe food supply. In consultation with their veterinarians, pig farmers strive to reduce the need to use antibiotics by implementing production practices to maintain and improve animal health. They recognize the critical importance of using medically and non-medically important antibiotics responsibly in animals and humans to protect the health and well-being of both as they strive to reduce the overall need for antibiotics and maintain the efficacy of them for future generations. America’s pig farmers will continue to demonstrate their commitment to preventing antibiotic resistance through their support of scientific discovery and their commitment to continuous learning and improvement.

The National Pork Board, through its Pork Checkoff, supports objective, scientifically rigorous studies and risk assessments to help farmers make informed decisions regarding use of antibiotics in food animals and to build upon efforts to continuously improve antibiotic use best practices. The Board also supports veterinarian oversight and best practices as outlined in the long-established Pork Quality Assurance® Plus certification program, which promotes education as an essential component of antibiotic stewardship and strongly encourages compliance with all regulatory requirements.

America’s pig farmers are committed to advancing knowledge that benefits people, pigs and the planet. This includes addressing concerns about the emergence of antibiotic-resistance in both animal and human medicine, which is in line with the worldwide One Health approach to this issue. For this reason, the National Pork Board is expanding its collaboration with veterinarians, food-chain partners and government agencies to develop a comprehensive, fact-based approach that aligns with its farmers’ key values.