Tyson: Stop Using Human Antibiotics On Its Chickens

Tyson: Stop Using Human Antibiotics On Its Chickens

Chicken in a public market

The company plans to eliminate use in 2017

Tyson Foods, one of the world鈥檚 largest producers of chicken, announced on Tuesday that it plans to eliminate human antibiotics from its chicken flocks by the end of September 2017.

The move comes amid public health concerns over the over-use of antibiotics in farming and in humans, and how it can contribute to the growing global problem of antibiotic resistance.

鈥淲e鈥檙e 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鈥檙e needed to treat illness,鈥 Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods said in a statement issued by Tyson.v

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