Tyson Foods says it has stopped using antibiotics at the 35 chicken hatcheries it runs.
“Since the antibiotic typically used in hatcheries is important to human health, this is a significant first step toward our goal of reducing the use of antibiotics that are also used in human medicine,” the company says.
Tyson said it continues to use FDA-approved antibiotics in chicken feed, “but only when prescribed by a veterinarian to treat or prevent disease.”
The “vast majority” of the antibiotics are “never used in humans,” the company said.
It steered carefully clear of the now-notorious term “growth promotants” to describe how antibiotics were traditionally marketed to the chicken industry.