Why hormones aren’t important, why antibiotics are
January 12, 2017
I want to point out that within the pork production industry, it is illegal for us to use any sort of growth-promoting hormone. Not only is pork that’s labeled as “hormone free” misleading, it’s just plain false.
Considering the consequences
- The animal treated
- The day it was treated
- What drug was used and how we used it (orally or injected)
- How much was used
- Withdrawal time on the antibiotic (how long the pig is separated from the food supply herd)
When it comes time to harvest a pig, there are USDA inspectors testing for residue. They are testing areas where an antibiotic would be,
where it leaves the body – the liver or kidneys.
Dr. Wesley Lyons is currently a veterinarian at Bethany Swine Health Services in Sycamore, IL. He started in mixed animal practice for a few months with his father, Dr. Chuck Lyons, before joining Pig Improvement Company as a Health Assurance Veterinarian.
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