Statements and Responses
Antibiotics Position Statement
We have long recognized public concern over the widespread use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. We are proud of our role as a leader in reducing antibiotic use, and in offering no-antibiotics-ever choices. For consumers who want chickens raised with no antibiotics of any kind, and want that choice now, we are committed to offering consumers the clarity, transparency and assurance that only comes from “No Antibiotics Ever.” This standard addresses concerns over the use of human antibiotics in poultry production, and addresses consumers’ desires for us to raise healthy animals without the routine use of antibiotics.
We believe that any responsible company should limit the use of human antibiotics in animal agriculture to only when necessary for compassionate treatment. While many others are promising future action, we led all other major poultry companies by eliminating the routine use of all human antibiotics in our chicken production in 2014. That includes both in the hatchery and on the farm. We are now focused on reducing the use of animal-only antibiotics. This, we feel, is the best way to address consumer questions about how their food is produced.
At the same time, we recognize that many of our stakeholders want specific information, so we are proud to report the following: