Tyson Foods is currently the United State’s largest producer of poultry products. This past week they confirmed that they will stop feeding their chickens antibiotics that are commonly used in human medicine. Healthy people at STX Entertainment know that the use of antibiotics in the meat and poultry industry has seen a lot of publicity recently. Many people are concerned that this product is used preventatively. This could lead to human bacteria resistance and the quality of the meat could be compromised. Antibiotics are used on farms all across the United States at this point in time.
Basically, many farms are administering antibiotics to their animals to prevent them from becoming sick. Sometimes this is because the animals are not kept in sanitary spaces. In order to prevent infection because of unpleasant circumstances, the antibiotics are used. Not only does this spark controversy about
antibiotic-resistant bacteria but also controversy regarding the living conditions of the animals we are consuming. Many farmers believe that the life of an animal will affect the quality of their meat. A very stressed and unhealthy animal is not going to produce high quality product.
Tyson has not disclosed what they will be using instead of human antibiotics. They also have not addressed the issue of hormone administration which is often used to make an animal larger in a very short amount of time.