Pork producers use antibiotics for three purposes:
TREATMENT OF ILLNESS, PREVENTION OF DISEASE, AND TO
IMPROVE THE NUTRITIONAL EFFICIENCY OF THEIR ANIMALS.
Q: Is the use of antibiotics in farm animals
increasing antibiotic resistance in humans?
A: The extent to which antibiotic use in animals actually affects
human health is difficult to impossible to measure. We don’t have
good, scientifically definitive ways to measure it. However, one
panel of experts estimates that 96 percent of antibiotic resistance in
humans is due to human use of antibiotics and not transferred from
Q: Would antibiotic resistance in humans
end if antibiotic use on farms was eliminated?
A: No. A recent Institute of Food Technologists’ expert panel report
stated that correlating the risk of antibiotic use in animals and antibi-
otic resistance in humans is not possible without more research.3
Two key findings include:
•	 Meat	from	livestock	raised	with	and	without	antibiotic	use	was
shown	to	contain	antibiotic-resistant	bacteria.
•	 Antibiotic-resistant	bacteria	develop	from	many	factors	including
human	use	of	antibiotics	and	routine	household	use	of	disinfec-
tants	like	antibacterial	soap.	Use	of	antibiotics	in	animals	is	only
one	small	contributing	factor	in	the	overall	picture.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Risk assessments have been
conducted on many animal antibiot-
ics to determine the potential for
antimicrobial resistance. While one
can never completely eliminate risk,
the assessments determined the
risk from using these products was
extremely low and the social ben-
efits of using antibiotics outweigh
the miniscule risk of antimicrobial
IN PORK PROD CTION
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do consumers know that the
food products they consume are safe?
A: The FDA does not allow the use of antibiotics in farm animals un-
til it can prove meat consumed from treated animals is safe. Further,
the FDA has mandated a withd