Antibiotics Position Statement
November 14, 2018
ll of the animals for our branded products are raised in no-antibiotics-ever programs, including chicken, turkey, pork and beef. We also offer a full range of no-antibiotics-ever products for foodservice operators, including restaurants, schools, colleges and universities and hospitals.
We’ve found that, through increased attention on animal husbandry and health, we can consistently and sustainably raise healthy animals without relying on antibiotics.
We believe that the “No Antibiotics Ever” claim provides consumers transparency and the assurance that the meat they are purchasing is from animals that never received any antibiotics, of any kind, at any point in its life.
Consumers, the general public and health care professionals have a wide range of concerns over the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture, and we are committed to raising as many animals as possible without any antibiotics, of any kind ever.
- All of our chickens, and all the hogs and beef for our products, are raised in no-antibiotics-ever programs.
Even with the best animal husbandry, we recognize a small percentage of animals will require antibiotics for appropriate treatment. We will not withhold treatment when a veterinarian determines that an antibiotic is required. In those rare cases – which average five percent or less of our no-antibiotics-ever production – one of our veterinarians will prescribe a targeted treatment, typically for three days or less. Treated animals are removed from the “No Antibiotics Ever” program and sold through other channels; federally mandated withdrawal periods ensure all meat is free of antibiotic residue as defined by the USDA.