Tyson Chicken Ending Use of Human Antibiotics

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Tyson Foods announced it will attempt to end use of human antibiotics from U.S. broiler chicken flocks by the end of September 2017.

It will release annual reports on the progress starting this year.

President and CEO of Tyson Foods Donnie Smith says Antibiotic resistant infections are a global health concern, adding 2017 is a realistic goal to remove human antibiotics from chicken.

Tyson already has stopped using all antibiotics in its hatcheries, requires veterinary prescription for antibiotics used on broilers, and reduced human antibiotics by more than 80 percent since 2011.

When antibiotics are used in poultry, there are strict withdrawal periods before the animal can be processed into food, which is tested by the USDA


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