Using fewer antibiotics proves challenging for hog farms

Hog farmers who limit the use of antibiotics have the potential to reap higher prices for the pork they produce, but the process comes with some problems. Producers for companies such as Eden Farms, which sells antibiotic-free pork to high-end restaurants, are not allowed to administer the drugs at all in the 100 days leading up to slaughter. Often, the rule results in hogs that become sick, and either die from lack of treatment or are treated with antibiotics and then sold as less lucrative conventional meat after the appropriate withdrawal times are observed to prevent potentially harmful drug residues.

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