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Tyson’s ‘Non-Antibiotic’ Chickens Contain Ionophobes

Tyson’s ‘Non-Antibiotic’ Chickens Contain Ionophobes

Tyson Foods openly uses ionophobes in the feed of its fresh chicken, but now finds its "Raised Without Antibiotics" label being questioned by the USDA.

November 20, 2007 —

For much of 2007, Tyson Foods has been touting its fresh chicken as ‘natural’ since it is “raised without antibiotics.”  That label, however, may have to change.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture claims it erroneously approved of such labeling. Tyson injects poultry feed medication.  The company claims the medication, which intended to remove the threat of intestinal infections, antimicrobial and harmless.

The USDA has given Tyson 45 days to change its labels.  Tyson, which never hid its use of ionophores, will respond by applying for a new label that continues to present its chicken as “raised without antibiotics,” but adds information on ionophores.  In particular, the company will inform consumers that the medication cannot cause antibiotic resistance in humans.

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