Tyson and USDA reach an agreement on antibiotics label
After federal officials rejected its original
labelling, Tyson Foods Inc. has reached a consensus with the US Department of
Agriculture over the antibiotics labels on its fresh chicken.
Tyson said the revised labels will state that its
fresh chicken is "raised without antibiotics that impact antibiotic resistance
in humans." The USDA withdrew its consent of Tyson's chicken labels last month;
it said the chicken was "raised without antibiotics."
announced it had mistakenly overlooked ionophores, a feed additive used for
Tyson's chicken. The USDA has a long-standing policy of classifying ionophores
According to Tyson, "ionophores are not used in human
medicine and do not contribute to the development of antibiotic resistance to
important human drugs. They remain in the intestinal tract of the animal and do
not carry over into the meat consumed by humans."New
Tyson said on Thursday in a press release that it plans to
carry on using ionophores, which are used as a preventive measure against
intestinal illness in chickens. The company said it will start to bring in the
new labels over the next months.In
said it would not use antibiotics any
longer to raise chicken that is sold fresh in stores and would promote the new
product as part of a $70 million advertising campaign.
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