Do animals being raised with the intention of being marketed as “antibiotic-free” receive antibiotics if they get sick?

When animals that are being raised “antibiotic free” get sick, they may be treated with antibiotics. These animals are simply separated from the non-antibiotic group, treated and later marketed as conventional meat after proper withdrawal times have elapsed.

USFRA Point of View

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is committed to answering questions about how food is grown and raised. This includes addressing questions about antibiotic use on farms and ranches and concerns about antibiotic resistance in humans. We, too, are concerned about if or how the use of... Read more