Perdue Foods said this week the company has removed all antibiotics for growth from its chicken hatcheries as part of a 12 year plan to reduce the use of antibiotics in the company’s chickens. The Hill reports the move comes as the Food and Drug Administration moves to largely end the practice. With this week’s announcement, Perdue Foods exposure rates for poultry to antibiotics dip below five percent. Senior Vice President Bruce-Stewart Brown said, “We’ve reached the point where 95 percent of our chickens never receive any human antibiotics, and the remainders receive them only for a few days when prescribed by a veterinarian.”
The company still uses an “animal-only” antibiotic to combat a specific intestinal parasite.
So-called experts have warned that too much exposure to the drugs can lead to the emergence of drug-resistant “superbugs” that are blamed for thousands of deaths every year. In December, the FDA unveiled a plan to phase out the use of antimicrobials for fattening chickens, pigs or other animals for consumption.
Source: NAFB News Service