Stacey Ash of Ontario Pork said growth hormones and steroids are not used in the production of Canadian pork at all. “This is a common misconception among consumers,” she said.
With regard to antibiotics, they are used for individual animals when they are sick or at risk of infection. “Farmers work with their veterinarians to treat and prevent illness, but must follow strict antibiotic withdrawal periods before hogs are sent to market to ensure no antibiotic residue remains,” she said.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency regularly tests pork to ensure compliance. The diversity of the pork market includes some Ontario producers who choose to raise pork without antibiotics.
Lastly, Ash said that while farming is a business,…