Healthy animals mean safe and healthy food, so we’re committed to making sure the livestock we depend on is raised responsibly. We work with our suppliers on implementing best practices to ensure proper health and well-being. This includes working closely with veterinarians and nutritionists and following guidance set forth in the Pork Quality Assurance and Beef Quality Assurance programs, which provide guidelines for responsible antibiotic use. We expect all suppliers to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including those established through FDA Guidance 209 and 213.
While we have an obligation to treat sick animals and animal welfare will never be compromised, we must find new ways to reduce the need for human antibiotics on the farm. Our beef and pork supply chains are not vertically integrated and, therefore, we have less visibility into and control over how antibiotics are used by the independent farmers from which we buy livestock. Furthermore, there currently is not a reliable system available to obtain and track antibiotic use data at the farm level. To address the issue on a broader scale, we work with food industry, government, veterinary, public health and academic communities, and provide funding to accelerate research into disease prevention and antibiotic alternatives on the farm.
For consumers who want beef or pork from farm animals that have never been given antibiotics for any purpose, we offer a line of all natural (no artificial ingredients, vegetarian diet, minimally processed) beef and pork products through our Open Prairie® Natural Angus and Natural Pork brand.