One Health Certified is a systems-based, industry-developed animal care program that is verified by the USDA. The program is open to any farmer or producer that meets standards—as confirmed by an annual third-party audit—designed around the five core principles: disease prevention, veterinary care, antibiotic tracking, animal welfare, and environmental measurement. Every program standard is publicly available and every farmer or producer is held to the same standards.
How Does OHC Enhance a Safe and Reliable Food Supply?
One Health Certified takes a balanced approach to animal production while upholding the practical application of the latest science. The underpinnings of our standards is the One Health approach—a scientific philosophy that encourages a collaborative approach of multiple disciplines working to attain optimal health for people, animals, and our shared environment.
Why Antibiotic Use Is Important
According to the CDC, antibiotic-resistant (AMR) bacteria cause at least 2.8 million infections and 35,000 deaths in the United States every year. Antibiotic resistance is a significant global public health concern. In veterinary medicine, antibiotics are necessary to manage and treat a significant number of bacterial diseases. Failure to responsibly treat these diseases endangers animal welfare and puts animal lives at risk.