Tyson Foods, the leading poultry producer in the US, has announced it will drop the use of antibiotics used to treat humans in its products by September 2017. Profligate use of antibiotics on livestock have boosted concerns over superbugs in people.
Tyson said it has reduced its “medically important” antibiotics — used to battle bacteria in humans — in broiler chickens by more than 80 percent since 2011. Donnie Smith, the Arkansas company’s CEO, said it is now“realistic to shoot for zero,”though he added that Tyson would continue to treat sick chickens with antibiotics.
“We are better off,” Smith said. “We have found that not only have we been able to reduce the need for antibiotics, we have better performance along the way.”