Perdue's Journey Away From Antibiotics
- 2002: Perdue responds to growing consumer concern over
the routine use of antibiotics in animal agriculture, and makes internal
commitment to reduce antibiotic use.
- 2005: Perdue phased out the use of specific medically
important animal antibiotics, including floroquinolones, four years before the
FDA banned the use of floroquinolones in animal agriculture.
- 2007: Perdue successfully removed all human
antibiotics from its chicken feed formulations. That same year, Perdue launched
the PERDUE® HARVESTLAND® brand of NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER™ chicken, with the
first-ever USDA Process Verified Program assuring that no antibiotics of any
kind were used at any point. Within a few years, PERDUE® HARVESTLAND® reached
national distribution, becoming the leading brand of NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER™ chicken
in the U.S.
- 2009: Perdue began studying improvements in hatchery
practice to eliminate the common practice of injecting chicken eggs with
antibiotics, including gentamicin, a drug used to treat a wide variety of
bacterial infections in humans.
- 2011: Perdue acquired Coleman Natural Foods. The
combined production made Perdue the leading producer of NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER™ chicken,
as well as the leading producer of USDA certified organic chicken.
- 2012: Perdue Foodservice launches a full-line of NO
ANTIBIOTICS EVER™ menu items under the PERDUE® HARVESTLAND® brand.
- 2014: Through improvements in husbandry and hatchery
practices, Perdue was able to announce that it had eliminated the routine use
of human antibiotics chicken production. Over the previous 12 years, Perdue
reduced the use of human antibiotics in its chicken production by 95%. Perdue’s
milestone is followed by promises from other poultry companies and some of
their customers to reduce antibiotic use. Later that year, Perdue transitions
the entire PERDUE® SIMPLY SMART® convenience products to NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER™.
that more than 50% of its chickens and 40% of its turkeys never receive any
antibiotics of any kind. Following confusing claims by other producers, Perdue
called for clarity in labels and claims, and committed to continuing to reduce
the use of all antibiotics. Perdue Foodservice launched seven NO ANTIBIOTICS
EVER™ products for school lunch programs and commits to converting the
remainder of its K-12 products during the
2014-15 school year. That fall, Perdue acquired Niman Ranch, increasing
its production of NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER™ pork.
its entire line of frozen and refrigerated convenience products to NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER™, a move that transforms the retail
chicken market. Perdue Foodservice announces that it will convert its entire
line of turkey products to NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER™, joining a full roster of NO
ANTIBIOTICS EVER™ chicken menu items. The company’s NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER™ chicken
production reaches 67%, and turkey surpasses the halfway mark.
For more information:
Perdue Expands NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER™ Poultry into Mainstream Grocery, Foodservice
Perdue Transforming Retail Chicken Marketplace
Infographic: Perdue’s Leadership At A Glance
Understanding Antibiotic Use Claims
Perdue NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER™ Fact Sheet