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">NPPC Chief Veterinarian Dr. Liz Wagstrom (right), gave an 80 minute interview to CBS

NPPC Chief Veterinarian Dr. Liz Wagstrom (right), gave an 80 minute interview to CBS "60 Minutes" Correspondent Lesley Stahl. Less than two minutes of the interview was used in a story that was critical of the livestock industry's use of antibiotics.

Pork industry calls out CBS 60 Minutes broadcast for inaccuracies

News Staff - January 7, 2020

DES MOINES, IA - The National Pork Producers Council has responded to Sunday’s "60 Minutes" story on antibiotic use in pork production, saying it failed to include “critical information” about modern pork production.

The 60 minutes story included interviews with an epidemiologist and a microbiologist who were critical of the pork industry’s use of antibiotics, and NPPC chief veterinarian Dr. Liz Wagstrom. 

In October, journalist Lesley Stahl conducted an 80-minute interview with Dr. Wagstrom.  But the "60 Minutes" story that aired on Jan. 5 included less than two minutes of Dr. Wagstrom's comments and failed to include critical information about modern pork production. Additionally, the story only included excerpts of a statement provided by NPPC, according to a release from the Ohio Pork Producers Council Monday:

In its written response to the report, NPPC says U.S. pork producers support regulations adopted three years ago requiring veterinary oversight and limited use of antibiotics.

"The United States pork production system is the envy of the world and yields the safest, highest-quality and most affordable pork available. U.S. pork producers adhere to rigorous government regulations and stringent production standards defined by the industry's Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus program. Food safety truly is a team effort -- from the farm to processing facilities to consumers who must be informed about food handling and cooking temperatures. Close scrutiny of U.S. government data shows that American consumers can take pride not only in the quality, but indisputably in the safety of U.S. pork."

NPPC says sales data reflects declining use of antibiotics in livestock, and that since 2015, there has been a 41 percent decline in antibiotic sales used for livestock.

NPPC prepared a response  to the "60 Minutes" segment, in which media and other inquiries are being directed.

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