Foster Farms joins other major poultry producers in stemming antibiotic use


The biggest poultry producer in the West wants to phase out the use of human antibiotics. 

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

The biggest poultry producer in the West wants to phase out the use of human antibiotics.

Foster Farms made the announcement Monday that it would be joining Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride and Perdue in fighting drug-resistant livestock.

“Foster Farms shares a common goal with medical, government and industry leaders in working to curb antibiotic-resistance in humans that may be linked to livestock production,” the company’s statement read.

From OregonLive.com:

“With extensive operations here in Oregon, the company’s move will help reduce the breeding of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, preserve these lifesaving medicines for when they are most needed, and protect the public from the horrors of superbug infections,” OSPIRG said in a statement. 

Jonathan Kaplan, director of food and agriculture at the Natural Resources Defense Council, praised the company but noted: “There are definitely some soft spots in Foster Farm’s commitment.  My biggest concern is that there is no timeline attached to the over-arching goal of eliminating medically important antibiotics.”

Foster Farms did not say when its chickens would be human-antibiotic free.

 




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