Tyson throws out poultry antibiotics
Tyson Foods says it is striving to eliminate the use of human antibiotics from its broiler chicken flocks by the end of September 2017.
The US poultry giant has already stopped using all antibiotics in its 35 broiler hatcheries; requires a veterinary prescription for antibiotics used on broiler farms and claims to have reduced human antibiotics used to treat broiler chickens by over 80%, since 2011.
“Antibiotic resistant infections are a global health concern,” said Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. “We’re confident our meat and poultry products are safe, but want to do our part to responsibly reduce human antibiotics on the farm so these medicines can continue working when they’re needed to treat illness.”
The company is also forming working groups with independent farmers and others in the company’s beef, pork and turkey supply chains to discuss ways to reduce the use of human antibiotics on cattle, hog and turkey farms.