Chicken Facts: Why We Eliminated Antibiotics From Tyson™ Chicken
Bill Hewat, D.V.M., Managing Director, Veterinary Medicine
In 2017, less than 1 percent of the chickens raised for Tyson Foods were treated on farms by veterinarians with shared-class antibiotics (those used for both animals and humans). But it’s important to us for people to know that we do not label birds as NAE chickens if they have been treated with antibiotics.
As someone who has dedicated his life to the health and well-being of animals, I’m proud of the actions Tyson Foods and our industry have taken to provide a healthy growing environment for our chickens. When absolutely necessary, we use shared-class antibiotics (those used for both animals and humans) to help our chickens recover from illness – but never as a preventative measure.
Doing what’s right is an important part of our company’s purpose - to raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. What we need to do more of is educate people about our practices. Sharing the facts in a transparent way is what this blog series is all about.
*Editor’s note: this is blog 1 of several that will address common questions and misconceptions some people have about how chickens are raised.
Published August 17, 2018.
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