Fast food chain Chick-Fil-A announced today that within five years all of the chicken sold at their restaurants will be raised without antibiotics, marking “the first time a quick service restaurant has committed to a 100 percent ‘raised without antibiotics’ standard for poultry,” says PR Newswire.
In their online statement, Chick-Fil-A says the company is “collaborating with national and regional poultry suppliers to build a supply chain based on chickens raised with no antibiotics. We are asking suppliers to work with the USDA to verify that antibiotics are never administered from the hatchery to the processing plant.”
Consumers Union, which is currently running a campaign to get grocery stores – starting with Trader Joe’s – to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics, praised Chick-Fil-A’s announcement: “Chick-Fil-A deserves credit for taking this important step to protect public health,” said Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Initiatives for Consumers Union. “We need to stop wasting these critical medications on healthy livestock. Grocery stores like Trader Joe’s can make a big difference by no longer selling meat from animals that have been routinely fed antibiotics.”
Chick-fil-A’s announcement comes at a time when other food companies have moved in this direction. Both Chipotle and Panera Bread have made commitments to serve meat raised without antibiotics. Whole Foods is the only national grocery chain that sells only meat from animals raised without antibiotics.