Tyson Foods Inc., a big company in the meat industry, plans to make a drastic change in a decades-long practice – removing almost completely from its chicken production any type of antibiotics used in human health.
Health concerns about the food we’re eating are rising each year, and they get more and more powerful – so powerful they can pressure entire industries to make changes accordingly.
From the sales point of view, Tyson is the biggest American meatpacker and it has recently announced its plan of curbing the use of antibiotics before the end of September 2017. This decision is following a disturbingly high amount of public-health concerns over the development of drug-resistant bacteria.
However, the company said that some human-used drugs will still be administered to sick birds, as well as allowing its suppliers to work with antibiotics as treatments or as preventive measures for animal maladies.
According to Tyson’s CEO Donnie Smith, this is the best compromise they could responsibly come up with that balances the growing global health concern and the company’s commitment to work with healthy and well cared-after animals.
Tyson’s initiative, made public on Tuesday, is one of the biggest reforming plans in the meat industry, where more producers, retailers and restaurant chains have taken such actions as well.
This mass reform was prompted by the public fear that using antibiotics for humans and animals alike, especially in such a widespread manner, is creating the proper environment for dangerous bacteria to develop resistance to the drugs. Tyson Inc. is also preparing to take similar actions in the business with turkey, swine and cattle.
Last month, giant fast food restaurant McDonald’s Corp. has also announced it was planning on removing antibiotics from the chicken dishes it offers in two years’ time – a decision they made after discussing with their suppliers – including Tyson Inc.
This string of actions also mirrors the U.S. food industry’s intention of becoming more transparent and open about what they put into their food and about the production process. They were urged by consumers’ concerns about safety and ethics in the food industry, so companies have complied and started taking steps.
Chipotle is the first major food chain that has finally announced their reform is finished: there are no more genetically modified ingredients in its menu, as all artificial was replaced with more organically produced food.
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