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National Pork Board defines antibiotics stewardship plan

Group to allocate $1.4 million for research and outreach.

The National Pork Board (NPB) announced today a stewardship plan to guide and support the responsible use of antibiotics for the U.S. pork industry. The newly defined position statement and governing policy was approved at the board's June meeting and announced through a news conference at World Pork Expo.

Following unanimous approval, the Pork Board updated its position and policy statement that "embraces responsible antibiotic use in pork production" and pledges to "emphasize these values in its revised Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) producer certification and training programs" in the year ahead. Additionally, NPB said it intends to allocate up to $1.4 million in funding of scientific research and antibiotic risk assessment studies, producer education, and consumer awareness programs.

"We understand the critically important role antibiotics play in both human medicine and in livestock production and know that consumers are keenly interested in how their food is produced," said Chris Hodges, NPB chief executive officer. "This stewardship plan will shape our industry's approach to antibiotics, finding ways for our pig farmers to improve animal health with and without antibiotics."

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