Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tyson cuts out more antibiotics

Tyson Foods announced it is striving to eliminate the use of human antibiotics from its U.S. broiler chicken flocks by the end of September 2017.

The company will report progress annually, beginning with this year’s Sustainability Report.

Tyson Foods has already stopped using all antibiotics in its 35 broiler hatcheries, requires a veterinary prescription for antibiotics used on broiler farms and has reduced human antibiotics used to treat broiler chickens by more than 80 percent 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.”

“Given the progress we’ve already made reducing antibiotics in our broilers, we believe it’s realistic to shoot for zero by the end of our 2017 fiscal year. But we won’t jeopardize animal wellbeing just to get there. We’ll use the best available treatments to keep our chickens healthy, under veterinary supervision,” Smith said.