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Antibiotic-Free Meat

Costco adopts antibiotic stewardship policy

New policy restricts use of medically important antibiotics in the company’s meat and poultry supply chain to therapeutic use only
Costco Wholesale Corporation on December 7 updated its animal welfare standards to include a policy on the responsible use of antibiotics, establishing a commitment to restrict the use of medically important antibiotics in the company’s meat and poultry supply chains to therapeutic use only, under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.
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Nigeria bans antibiotics for growth promotion in animal feed

Antimicrobial resistance a growing concern in the country
Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has issued a ban on the use of antibiotics as growth promoters and mold inhibitors in animal feed, citing growing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the country.
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Revisiting basic animal nutrition in antibiotic-free feeds

Although animal feed additives have received the most attention, other aspects of nutrition are equally crucial in designing a proper feed without antibiotics, especially for very young animals.
A quick look at animal nutrition quickly reveals that most common practices were established when animals were raised using antibiotics as growth promoters in their feeds.
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4 pillars for successful farm-level antibiotic reduction

Antibiotics can be replaced by a farm-wide approach that requires more than adding additives in animal feeds.
When examined at farm level, many antibiotic-reduction programs fail to achieve the lofty goals set by governments. The main reason in most cases is the one-dimensional approach followed by those involved in such attempts, and this includes farmers and their consultants.
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Antibiotic-free poultry views reveal communication gap

Survey shows that those involved in animal agriculture think animal health and welfare, food safety are compromised in antibiotic-free production, but the consumers think opposite
The majority of poultry growers and veterinarians recently polled believe that animal health and welfare, as well as food safety, are more at risk in a raised-without-antibiotics (RWA) production operation than those raised with the judicious use of antibiotics.
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