Access to medically important antimicrobials has changed due to new federal regulations. The responsible use of antimicrobials contributes greatly to animal welfare and public trust—a top priority for Alberta’s pork producers.
While Alberta Pork supports the new requirements, our producers are concerned with continuing to easily access these products. We are surveying producers to find out how they are being affected. Help us help you: complete our anonymous survey and see our flyer to learn what’s new. Recently, the Calgary Herald published an article on the issue.
“There are ongoing industry efforts to educate producers about the appropriate use of antibiotics,” said Darcy Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Alberta Pork. “Producers have a strong business incentive not to overuse the drugs, because they are expensive. More importantly, overuse is prevented by strict on-farm policies established through quality assurance programs. While the industry supports the new prescription requirement, accessibility could become a concern. We are hoping to work toward a smooth transition with the new rules.”
Alberta Pork is committed to the proper use of antimicrobials will continue to monitor the effects of these new regulations on producers.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact Javier Bahamon, Quality Assurance and Production Manager, Alberta Pork by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 780-469-8982, toll-free at 1-877-247-PORK (7675).