Mountaire Farms has become the first chicken company in the United States to become approved in One Health Certified™, a new comprehensive animal care program that is verified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
One Health Certified™ focuses on five core areas of animal production: disease prevention, veterinary care, responsible antibiotic use, animal welfare, and environmental impacts.
“This is a positive move forward for animal agriculture and we are proud to be a part of it,” explained Phillip Plylar, president of Mountaire Farms. “This program provides transparency, increased areas of accountability, covers multiple proteins, and does it all with one label. This is something our customers have been asking for and we believe is the right thing to do for them, the animals in our care, and for the environment.”
One Health Certified™ was developed by a coalition of technical experts from protein companies as well as non-profit organizations and universities, and is now administered by the National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research (NIAMRRE) hosted by Iowa State University.
“It was important to us that we participate in a holistic and ethical program that strives for optimal health outcomes for animals, consumers, and the planet,” said Dr. Don Ritter, a veterinarian who serves as director of technical marketing for Mountaire Farms. “One Health Certified™ successfully avoids the trade-offs and unintended consequences of more narrowly focused programs, which may at times put animal health and welfare at unnecessary risk.”
The new label will be appearing on poultry products on grocery stores in the next few months.