Tyson Foods Company pushes shift away from antibiotics
It challenges other chicken companies, such as privately held Perdue Farms, that compete for sales to consumers concerned about the use of antibiotics in meat production. In October, Perdue said it had become the first major poultry company to eliminate the routine use of all antibiotics.
Scientists have warned that the routine use of antibiotics to promote growth and prevent illness in healthy farm animals has contributed to rising numbers of dangerous human infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria dubbed "superbugs."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 2 mill. people in the United States are infected with drug-resistant bacteria each year and that 23,000 die as a direct result. Tyson previously said it would remove antibiotics that are important to human medicine from its chicken production by autumn 2017.