“When we go to the grocery store to pick up dinner, we should be able to buy our food without worrying that eating it will expose our family to potentially deadly bacteria no longer responsive to medical treatments," said Slaughter.
“We know that the widespread use of antibiotics on healthy animals is contributing to the growth of bacteria resistance to the drugs we use to treat humans,” according to Slaughter. “This poses particular risk to seniors and children. These new numbers make it clear that we need to take common sense steps to reduce the needless use of antibiotics in healthy animals, and protect human beings.”
According to Wagstrom, “there are several scientific risk assessments showing virtually no risk to public health from antibiotic use in livestock.”
The pork industry’s ‘Take Care – Use Antibiotics Responsibly’ program, developed by the National Pork Board, has three main goals for pork producers:
1. To educate producers about the responsible use of antibiotics.
2. To raise producers’ awareness of the importance of using antibiotics responsibly and the impact of this on animal and public health.
3. To demonstrate to customers and consumers, pork producers’ commitment to preserving public health, animal health and animal well-being through the responsible use of antibiotics.
Read more on NPB’s ‘Take Care – Use Antibiotics Responsibly’ program.