US Pork Industry Makes Antibiotic Progress

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 […]

Antibiotic Use Position

 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 […]

Unified Research

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 Stewardship

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.

Antibiotic Stewardship Efforts Continue to Build

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 […]

FDA Report on Antibiotics Validates Work by U.S. Pig Farmers

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 vs Resistance

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, […]