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Tyson Foods Makes Progress with Responsible Antibiotic Reduction
Apr 24th, 2015 by Grow With Tyson

Reducing Antibiotic Use

  • Antibiotic resistant infections are a global health concern. We want to do our part to responsibly reduce the use of antibiotics on the farm so these medicines can continue working when they’re needed to treat illness.
  • We’re making progress in our chicken business, where we own the birds. We’ve reduced the use of human antibiotics on our U.S. broiler* chicken farms by more than 80% since 2011.
  • We stopped the use of all antibiotics in our U.S. broiler hatcheries last fall.
  • Only a very small percentage of our broiler chicken flocks are treated with human antibiotics today.
  • We only give our birds antibiotics when prescribed by a veterinarian.
  • Our chicken operations do not use antibiotics for growth promotion.
  • The antibiotics most commonly used for farm animals (e.g. ionophores) are not used in people in at all.
  • We’re committed to keeping our birds healthy. We will treat them if they’re sick, but we’re trying to reduce need for human antibiotics on our farms.

Committed to Food Safety

  • We’re confident our meat and poultry products are safe. When antibiotics are used in livestock and poultry, strict withdrawal periods must be followed before the animals are processed for food. In addition, the USDA regularly tests meat and poultry for antibiotic residues. 

Offering “No Antibiotics Ever” Products

  • We offer consumers the option of beef and chicken from animals that have been raised without antibiotics.
  • We don’t call it “antibiotic free.” The correct term for farm animals that have been raised with no antibiotics of any kind is “No Antibiotics Ever,” or “NAE.”
  • Tyson Foods produces “NAE” chicken under the NatureRaised Farms® brand, sold in retail outlets.
  • Tyson Fresh Meats produces “NAE” beef under the Open Prairie Natural Angus Beef® brand, sold in retail outlets.

*Broilers are chickens raised for meat


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