Pork Producers Urged to Review Withdrawal Standards

Some foreign importers have more stringent requirements.

U.S. pork producers are required to follow animal health-product withdrawal standards that meet U.S. maximum residue limits, but producers are being reminded to look over their use of feed and water tetracycline-class antibiotics since some countries that purchase U.S. pork products may have more withdrawal requirements.

 

According to University of Missouri ag economists Ron Plain and Glenn Grimes, exports for 2009 are expected to fall below the record levels of 2008, but will still make a positive contribution to hog prices. Director of Food Safety for the Pork Checkoff Steve Larsen urges producers to talk with their packer to understand the packer's policy if a residue greater than the tolerance for the international market is detected. Based on current information a withdrawal of 14 days when using feed or water forms of tetracycline-class antibiotics should meet the residue limits of international markets.

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