The Food and Drug Administration has published its annual summary report on the sales of antibiotics. The latest data shows a 33 percent decline in the most critical class of antibiotics intended for use in food animals. When combined to the data found in the 2016 report, it confirms a 43 percent reduction in this […]
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 […]
Societal concerns about antibiotic use (ABU) and antibiotic resistance are a major vulnerability for the US swine industry. National and international events have led to increasing pressures for accountability regarding ABU in food animals. These include calls for better measurement…
Heightened interest in reducing antibiotic usage in pork production leaves producers looking for effective alternatives to antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) in swine diets. While there are a substantial number of alternative products available, inconsistencies in existing literature make drawing conclusions…
The Unified Research Meetings are coming up. National Pork Board Vice President of Science and Technology Dr. Dave Pyburn is featured in this podcast with details about the Pork Checkoff research investment.
Antibiotic resistance is a major health concern in both human and veterinary medicine. Antibiotics already used to maintain healthy swine may also play a role in reducing Salmonella; however, the relationship between antibiotics and antibiotic resistant bacterial populations needs to…
The FDA has released its latest report on antimicrobial use in food-producing animals. Dr David Pyburn, vice president of science and technology, and Dr. Heather Fowler, director of producer and public health with the National Pork Board, are featured in this edition of Pork Pod. This report provides information on antibiotic usage and the Pork Checkoff is also investing more money into on-farm metrics.
Pork Checkoff leads investment in antibiotic research By Mike King For America’s 60,000 pig farmers, 2017 was a year that not only brought new antibiotic rules, but saw a new level of producer engagement and professionalism in the industry’s ongoing work on antibiotic stewardship. Up to the Challenge “Real change happened on pig farms across […]
On-Farm Practices Lead to Antibiotic Use Decline
America’s 60,000 pig farmers continue to do what’s right on the farm for people, pigs and the planet when it comes to demonstrating their commitment to antibiotic stewardship. That’s why last week’s findings in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 2016 Summary Report on Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals came as no surprise, but as a validation of the hard work U.S. pig farmers have put in to reduce the overall need for antibiotics while still protecting the health and welfare of the pigs under their care.
Antibiotic residues are not the same as antibiotic resistance but are often confused with each other. Antibiotic residues are molecules that remain in meat from animals that have been treated with antibiotics, with a violative level deﬁned as one that is above what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deems safe. Antibiotic resistance, however, […]