The health of Finnish animals is also a form of consumer protection
A good disease status and first-class animal welfare are among the greatest assets of Finnish production animals. Healthy and well-kept animals are the cornerstone of efficient, economical and safe domestic food production. Production animals receive very little medication by international comparison – particularly antibiotics – and the occurrence of drug residues in food is extremely rare. Antibiotics are not used for preventive treatment in Finland. Instead, diseased animals are treated with appropriate care, avoiding unnecessary medication. Drug dosages are determined by a veterinary officer who also oversees the pharmaceutical records and drug use at farms. The prudent use of antibiotics also reduces the emergence of strains of bacteria resistant to antibiotics.No growth enhancers or hormone preparations are used at Finnish farms.
Infectious animal diseases are systematically resisted in accordance with resistance programmes prepared in collaboration with Animal Welfare (ETT). Atria's preventive health care work has been fruitful. Decades of determined work has led to us completely eliminating porcine enzootic pneumonia, mange and dysentery from our pig chain. Salmonella has been identified extremely rarely in Atria's production animal chain, and deviations are subject to immediate intervention. All identified infections of salmonella are eliminated.