The Virginia, United States-based Smithfield Foods (NYSE:SFD) has come out with a line of antibiotic-free pork products that will be sold under their Pure Farms brand. The products will be available in ham cuts, fresh and packaged pork cuts like breakfast bacon and sausage. These products are going to be available in both food services and retail stores from the beginning of next month.
Smithfield Foods issued a press statement saying, “The Pure Farms product line meets the highest level of USDA standards with minimal processing and no antibiotics, steroids, hormones or artificial ingredients”.
President and CEO of Smithfield Foods, Ken Sullivan said, “The Pure Farms brand is ideal for families looking to enjoy the highest quality, antibiotic-free pork. We’re proud to provide our customers and consumers with a broader range of products to meet a variety of needs and preferences, including antibiotic-free”.
The chief sustainability officer and vice president of regulatory affairs, Stewart Leeth added by commenting that this new Pure Farms line reflects Smithfield’s commitment to come out with food that is produced in a good way.
Good News for People Who Want to Eat Healthy
This is sure to be good news for health conscious individuals, many of whom are now shunning antibiotics. In fact, even medical professionals are recommending fewer antibiotics these days, because of the long-term effect they can create on the body. However, much of our food still contains a lot of antibiotics, though that is beginning to change for the better.
The meat processing firm further stated that they are the only business that has been reporting antibiotics usage since 2007. “The new product line further affirms Smithfield’s continued leadership of practices that uphold highest standards of transparency and strengthen consumer trust”.
Tyson Foods Will Stop Using Antibiotics Too
There is a lot of focus on antibiotics usage now. The world’s second-largest poultry firm, Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN) recently stated they will stop using antibiotics on chicken from June this year. This will cover all their chicken product brands, and also the NatureRaised Farms brand. Tyson Foods slaughters more than 2.3 billion birds every year announced this at the conference of the Consumer Analyst Group of New York, which was held at Boca Raton in Florida.
Of course, there are other businesses too that are going antibiotics free. Perdue Farms, another big chicken producer, has made the switch already.