NSF International Launches Raised Without Antibiotics Certification

Food and Healthcare Press Releases Wednesday May 3, 2017 11:10
ANN ARBOR, Michigan and BANGKOK--3 May--PRNewswire/InfoQuest
  • Betagro Group in Thailand is first to earn new, independent certification from global public health organization

Global public health organization NSF International has developed an independent certification protocol — Raised Without Antibiotics — to certify animal products have been raised without exposure to antibiotics. The new certification will help consumers identify products that do not contribute to the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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NSF International's Raised Without Antibiotics certification can be granted to many animal products, including meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, eggs, leather and certain supplement ingredients. The certification provides independent verification of on-package claims and is the only "raised without antibiotics" certification that covers all animal products.

"A growing number of consumers are concerned about the widespread development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the use of antibiotics in food production," said Sarah Krol, Global Managing Director of Food Safety Product Certification, NSF International. "NSF International's Raised Without Antibiotics certification gives consumers an easy way to identify animal products that have been raised without exposure to antibiotics, which may help alleviate their concerns."

A 2016 survey conducted for NSF International found that 59 percent of consumers prefer products from animals raised without antibiotics. But, without an independent certification process, consumers have not been able to verify claims made by marketers – until now.

Betagro Group in Thailand, a large supplier of chicken to consumers in Asia and Europe, is the first company to earn NSF's Raised Without Antibiotics certification.

"Our S-Pure brand chickens are selected with great care and raised in a way that maintains optimal health without the use of antibiotics," said Vasit Taepaisitphongse, President of Betagro Group. "We want our customers to have confidence in our Raised Without Antibiotics products. That's why receiving an independent and objective certification from NSF International was very important to us."

NSF International developed the Raised Without Antibiotics protocol in partnership with the food animal industry and veterinary stakeholders. Under the program, animals cannot be certified if they have received antibiotics. The use of ionophore chemical coccidiostats, which are not considered contributors to antimicrobial resistance, may be permitted to prevent infections, depending on labeling regulations in the region of product sale.

The program also encourages preventive measures such as vaccination, alternative treatments, litter management techniques and appropriate stocking density to maintain the health and welfare of the animals. If sick animals require antibiotics for treatment, they can receive veterinary care but must be removed from the Raised Without Antibiotics program.

For more information, please contact Sutida Ketudut at sketudut@nsf.org or Peter Bracher at pbracher@nsf.org .
Editor's Note: To schedule an interview, please contact Thomas Frey, APR, at media@nsf.org or +1 734.214.6242.

About NSF International: NSF International ( nsf.org ) is an independent, global public health organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide.


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