Farmers and ranchers know that when animals are well cared for, they’re healthier and more productive. These families take seriously the ethical obligation of providing the best quality care for their animals. There are several stewardship and certification programs in place to help farmers, ranchers and food processors improve the lives of the animals that depend on them. Though their farm size and production type may look vastly different, one thing farmers and ranchers have in common is a commitment to caring for their animals.

Source: Animal Ag Alliance

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not allow retailers to sell meat with traces of antibiotics above strict safety limits. Any antibiotics used to keep animals healthy are carefully selected and administered in accordance with industry training and principles. The FDA and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulations require a specific number of days to pass between the last antibiotic treatment the animal receives and the animal entering the food supply to ensure the antibiotics have sufficiently exited an animal’s system. The FSIS also performs scheduled, but random, testing of meat nationwide to ensure no antibiotics are present above the limits set by the FDA.

Source: Animal Ag Alliance

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All foods (whether they come from plants or animals) contain naturally-occurring hormones: as hormones are essential to life. The majority of hormones are proteins, and our body digests proteins, so the hormones found in our food are digested and rendered biologically inactive – having no effect on our body. The FDA conducts food-safety evaluations to ensure milk from hormone-treated cows is safe for human consumption. Pasteurization destroys 90% of hormones in milk, and the FDA has found no difference between the milk produced by hormone-treated cows compared with untreated cows. However, many U.S. dairy farmers no longer use recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST) on their farms. Instead, they rely on selective breeding and technological advancements to increase milk production.

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