Tyson, the largest USA poultry producer and a KFC supplier, has announced plans to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017. "As a society, we need more companies and restaurants to follow this lead".
In the words of Kevin Hochman, president of the U.S division of KFC, the chain's move is a "major milestone" and would increase the supply of bone-in chicken without antibiotics. Brands, KFC's parent company, in January of 2016. "To extend our commitment beyond our boneless menu items to all of our chicken required detailed and thoughtful planning over the past year, including utilizing the USDA's Process Verified program to ensure our suppliers can meet our requirements". KFC Corporation is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands Headquarters, almost 5,000 consumer calls into KFC's customer service line, and hundreds of social media actions directed at KFC (using #KFCsaveABX).
More than 70 percent of medically important antibiotics in the United States are sold for use on livestock and poultry. The drugs are often given routinely to animals that aren't sick to promote growth and prevent disease that can be common in crowded, unsanitary conditions.
Conservatively, at least 2 million Americans are already infected with antibiotic-resistant infections every year, and at least 23,000 die as a direct result, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The letter sent to Yum! KFC's antibiotic policy is set on a country-by-country basis, he added. Eleven of the 15 largest restaurant chains in the US have committed to ending the use of antibiotics on some level.
"We're constantly working to meet the changing preferences of our customers, while ensuring we deliver on the value they expect from KFC". "We sincerely thank the company for doing the right thing to protect these life-saving medicines for the future". According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, 42 percent of the US chicken industry has now committed to reducing the use of antibiotics.
It's believed that KFC's move could be significant in moving the industry overall closer toward not using antibiotics.
The Louisville-based fast-food chain announced early Friday morning that it was now committed to eliminating antibiotics that are important to human medicine from all of its chicken. Other shareholder advocates, such as Green Century Capital Management, have secured antibiotics policies from Starbucks and Jack in the Box in the last several months.
He goes on to say, "Making this change was complex and took a lot of planning".
Foods from fruit to farmed fish are treated with antibiotics.