When it comes to Open Prairie® Natural* pork, we want you to feel 100% confident when choosing our products. We offer natural, Never Ever pork with no antibiotics, no added hormones and no growth promotants. But what do those really mean? Read on for the full breakdown, and feel more confident at the meat case.
Natural meats with nothing added
So, what about “nothing added”? Despite the name, a lot goes into “nothing.” Several factors are considered, especially when it comes to animal welfare. Many other brands don’t indicate how the animals were raised, what they were fed, if antibiotics or hormones were used or other aspects of production — all things to be considered when using these claims.
No antibiotics — ever
Not only must farmers send documentation to the USDA to support this claim,2 but the Open Prairie brand also has third-party accountability. This means auditors visit farms to ensure animal welfare standards and production processes are being met throughout the journey. It’s all part of how we hold ourselves accountable.
No added hormones or growth promotants
Animal welfare: Raised with your values in mind
Throughout our supply chain, we strive for responsible food production while prioritizing animal welfare.
Here are three ways we achieve this:
Required training: Pork Quality Assurance® Plus training are required for all employees handling hogs. We also require transportation training for anyone who will be transporting animals.
Humane harvesting practices: Throughout the production process, we have a robust and humane handling program in place to make sure procedures are followed and we continually identify areas for improvement.
But most of all — animals raised for the brand are treated with care, respect and dignity along the way. We prioritize animal health with veterinarian oversight, space for natural behavior, and… you guessed it, no antibiotics, added hormones or growth promotants.