Antibiotics, Hormones & Steroids
We’re committed to raising the livestock and poultry we depend on responsibly. That means using antibiotics only when needed.
Finding alternatives to antibiotics
Our antibiotic alternatives include essential oils and botanicals — like oregano, thyme, yucca and peppers — in our broiler chicken production. We also use probiotics — like the good bacteria found in yogurt — as another antibiotic alternative to help with the chickens’ digestive health. We’re making significant progress in eliminating the use of antibiotics that are also important to human health from chicken production.
We have ongoing efforts with independent farmers and others in the company’s cattle, hog and turkey supply chains to discuss ways to reduce the use of human antibiotics on cattle, hog and turkey farms.
All chickens raised for the Tyson® retail brand are grown without using any antibiotics – ever. For consumers who want beef or pork from farm animals that have never been given antibiotics for any purpose, we offer a line of all natural (no artificial ingredients, vegetarian diet, minimally processed) beef and pork products through our Open Prairie® Natural Angus and Natural Pork brands.
See our 2017 Sustainability Report.
Our chickens and turkeys do not receive added hormones or steroids.
The hogs we purchase have never received added hormones.
Our Open Prairie® Natural Angus beef and Natural pork brands comes from cattle and hogs that have never been given growth promoting hormones.