Raised Without Antibiotics

NSF’s Raised Without Antibiotics certification provides consumers with assurance that the animal products they buy have been produced without exposure to antibiotics.
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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, United Nations and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A recent Consumer Reports survey found that 43% of shoppers always or often buy meat raised without antibiotics at the grocery store.

Dual certifications to NSF’s Raised Without Antibiotics and Global Animal Wellness Standards require just one audit at your facility.

Benefits of Certification

  • Differentiate your products with NSF’s independently verified Raised Without Antibiotics (RWA) certification mark
  • Build consumer loyalty with the 59% of U.S. shoppers looking for antibiotic-free labels
  • Support sustainable agricultural practices that resonate with issue-conscious consumers
  • Leverage NSF’s 75 years of food safety and quality expertise
  • Save by bundling NSF certifications: Apply for QAI organic, non-GMO or gluten-free certification along with RWA for reduced pricing and audit efficiencies
  • Get dual certification for RWA and NSF’s Global Animal Wellness Standards, requiring just one audit at your facility

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

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