Can Antibiotics Be Used In The Production Of Certified Organic Chicken?

What about beef, pork and eggs?

Yes. According to the National Organic Program vaccinations and preventives are permitted.

Vaccination (eCFR)

 

Antibiotics (NOP Summary)

 

PART 205—NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM § 205.238 Livestock health care practice standard.

(c) The producer of an organic livestock operation must not:

(2) Administer any animal drug, other than vaccinations, preventives, and pain relief medications, in the absence of illness;

 

The key phrases

"other than vaccinations, preventives, and pain relief medications"

 

 

"Administer any animal drug, other than vaccinations": 

This means that vaccines from live or dead virus, tetanus included are permitted by the National Organic Program. 

 

 

"Preventives" This also means that antibiotics can be used after castration as a preventative measure and permitted by the National Organic Program. 

 

 

"Pain relief medications" This also means that in the case of knocking out an animal to perform castration, using something like Ketamine, is also permitted by the National Organic Program.

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