The National Pork Board has debuted a new infographic depicting how antibiotics are used responsibly in the U.S. swine industry, how pig farmers work with their veterinarians to practice good antibiotic stewardship, and how responsible antibiotic usage is necessary to help keep people, pigs and the planet healthy.
“As pig farmers, we work closely with veterinarians to make sure we’re using antibiotics only when necessary for the health and well-being of our animals,” said Derrick Sleezer, president of the National Pork Board and a pig farmer from Cherokee, Iowa. “We’re also committed to protecting human health, and we understand the importance of using tools such as antibiotics responsibly to ensure food safety.”
The infographic is one of several concerted efforts made by The National Pork Board in 2015 to address antibiotic-related issues. While the board’s plan of action puts a great focus on research and implementing programs that certify safe antibiotic practices are occurring on swine operations, pig farmers are also interested in increasing communication with the public about this issue with the goal of demystifying antibiotic use.
“The role antibiotics play in pig farming is often misunderstood,” said Chris Hodges, National Pork Board chief executive officer. “That’s why we work closely with various groups in the food chain and why we’re reaching out to consumers with information about how antibiotics are used on the farm. It’s all part of our responsibility to build consumer trust in pork production.”
Individuals interested in viewing or sharing the entire infographic can find it here.