Tyson Foods pledges to go antibiotic free for its chicken business by summer 2017 — Quartz

The second-largest poultry company in the world announced today (Feb. 21) it would stop using antibiotics on its chickens by June 2017.

Tyson Foods, which slaughters more than 2.3 billion birds each year, made the announcement at a recent Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference in Boca Raton, Florida. The decision to end the use of antibiotics is expected to cover all of the company’s branded chicken products, as well as the NatureRaised Farms brand.

For years, companies have been working on ways reduce the amount of antibiotics they use on animals raised for human consumption, as leading scientists have concluded the practice has contributed to the emergence of human illnesses that are no longer treatable with common antibiotics.

 “The conscious consumer today is holding us accountable.” 

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