Raised Without Antibiotics

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Certification
  • Certification Process
  • Why Work With NSF?
Raised Without Antibiotics Certified by NSF

The NSF Raised Without Antibiotics certification provides consumers with assurance that the animal products they buy have been produced without exposure to antibiotics. This certification brings credibility and consistency to the on-package claim and covers all animal products such as meat, poultry, seafood, fish, dairy and eggs.

Studies suggest over half of the antibiotics in the U.S. are used in animal food production. According to the World Health organization (WHO), the overuse of antibiotics in both human and veterinary medicine has led to the development of superbugs — bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been identified as a high-priority public health concern by the WHO, UN and CDC.

Benefits of Certification

  • Differentiate your product from self-claims with NSF’s independent Raised Without Antibiotics (RWA) mark
  • Build consumer loyalty with the 59% of U.S. shoppers looking for antibiotic-free labels
  • Support best farming practices that resonate with issue-conscious consumers
  • Leverage NSF’s 75 years of food safety and quality expertise
  • NSF’s RWA program includes three categories of certification to accommodate the differences in global regulatory definitions of “antibiotics”:
    • Category A - Ionophores allowed. Chemical coccidiostats allowed.
    • Category B - Ionophores prohibited. Chemical coccidiostats prohibited.
    • Category C - Ionophores prohibited. Chemical coccidiostats allowed.

Certification Process

Step 1: Application

NSF’s technical reviewer team reviews the farm, feed mill, abattoir and food processing facility documentation.

Step 2: Audit

All facilities within the application scope undergo an on-site audit. On-site audits confirm practices are consistent with requirements.

Step 3: Post-Audit Review

Applicants have 30 days to respond and correct any audit non-conformances.

Step 4: Certification

An official certificate is granted. Annual renewal is required to maintain certified status.

Why Work With NSF?

With over 70 years of food safety and standards development experience, NSF is uniquely equipped to help you navigate the complex and quickly changing terrain of consumer trends. We have a global network of hundreds of expert auditors, program managers, inspectors and laboratory staff ready to provide top-notch certification services.

In addition, NSF can maximize your cost efficiencies and minimize operational disruptions by bundling Raised Without Antibiotics certification with other label claims, food safety and GFSI certification services.

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