Can I use antibiotics on my animals and still maintain their organic status?

No, once an organic animal is treated with any prohibited material, including antibiotics, it can never be brought back to organic production.

  • Any animal treated with antibiotics will lose its organic status and can never return to organic production, even if the animal is managed organically and remains on the organic farm.
  • You must ensure that animals treated with prohibited materials, including antibiotics, are clearly identified as separate from the organic animals. All meat, milk or milk products from treated animals must be segregated from organic products and there must be clear documentation of the separation.