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duBreton Applauds USDA's Efforts to Strengthen Animal-Raising Standards; Vincent Breton and Tom Vilsack Comment

duBreton Applauds USDA's Efforts to Strengthen Animal-Raising Standards; Vincent Breton and Tom Vilsack Comment


SAINT BERNARD, OH
Monday, June 19th, 2023

On June 14, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) would be collaborating with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to implement a sampling protocol to detect antibiotic residues in animals destined for meat products identified as "raised without antibiotics".

As a longstanding meat supplier raising animals without the use of antibiotics since 2002, duBreton recently announced its support for the announcement.

Vincent Breton, President, duBreton"Consumers have a right to demand testing of the antibiotics administered to the animals,” commented Vincent Breton, President of duBreton. “It’s about time the authorities ensured that consumers know what's in the products they consume, where they come from, and what treatments they have received.”

According to a press release, duBreton has been testing for antibiotic residues in its products for several years.

The United States Department of Agriculture announced that the Food Safety and Inspection Service would be collaborating with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service to implement a sampling protocol to detect antibiotic residues in animals destined for meat products identified as “raised without antibiotics”

As the USDA outlined in its announcement, FSIS has received several petitions, comments, and letters from a wide range of stakeholders asking the agency to reevaluate its oversight of animal-raising claims, specifically, how they are substantiated, with the veracity of “negative” antibiotics claims—i.e. “raised without antibiotics” or “no antibiotics ever”—coming into question.

Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture“Consumers should be able to trust that the label claims they see on products bearing the USDA mark of inspection are truthful and accurate,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “USDA is taking action today to ensure the integrity of animal-raising claims and level the playing field for producers who are truthfully using these claims, which we know consumers value and rely on to guide their meat and poultry purchasing decisions.”

How will this decision by the USDA impact the meat industry? Keep reading Deli Market News as we report.

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