The third largest chicken producer in America, Perdue Foods, is a starting a revolution in its ideas for chicken food safety. They are raising higher bars for antibiotic preservation that are used in their farms. The public health community is pleased with this revelation.
On the 3rd of September, the company announced that they have ceased using antibiotics in all their chicken hatcheries. Since 2007, Perdue has stopped their use of growth hormones in their chicken and does nto use any human antibiotics in their feed. The company does use an animal-only antibiotic to control an intestinal parasite and uses antibiotics to treat and control illness in sick flocks.
However, in order to control the spread of disease at the hatcheries, Perdue has devised four actions to help prevent any sickness.
Cleaning the hatcheries more effectively and targeting specific areas
Regulating the feed so animal byproducts do not get mixed in
Adding probiotics and prebiotics in to the feed
Vaccinating hens and chicks
Authorities approve of this move, saying that this is the step public health needs. They wish that many other producers would follow in Perdue’s new path.
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