Meat processors like
Tyson Foods Inc.
) will have to eliminate the use of antibiotics on their
livestock following a voluntary guideline issued by the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration (FDA). According to the rule, the food
processors should gradually phase out the use of antibiotics,
used to enhance growth of their livestock.
The regulatory watchdog has given a 90-day grace period to the
meat producers to let the authority know if they will comply with
the rule. The meat processors will get three years to completely
phase out the use of antibiotics on their livestock.
Some of the antibiotics which are injected to the livestocks
are also administered to humans to treat infections. As a result,
humans who consume the antibiotic-treated meat products become
antibiotic resistant and they do not react to the medicine when
they are infected.
The FDA feels that the antibiotics have been overused by meat
processors for more than half a century. The FDA ruling will also
require drug manufacturers to stop listing certain antibiotics as
effective in promoting animal growth. Henceforth, farmers would
require to present prescriptions from veterinarians for
purchasing any antibiotic to ensure proper usage of the
Most restaurants like
The Wendy's Company
Yum! Brands Inc.
) KFC have stopped purchasing meat of animals that were given
antibiotics for non-therapeutic uses.
Tyson has already started reducing the use of growth-enhancing
antibiotics on its livestock. In early 2013, it launched 100%
antibiotic-free Nature Raised Farms brand. It has further
enhanced the brand with the addition of a line frozen products -
Individually Quick Frozen.
Tyson claims that live poultry operations use only
FDA-approved pharmaceutical compounds. They may include
antibiotics that are administered under the direction of a
licensed veterinarian in compliance with the FDA protocols. The
Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) meat processor, however, promises to
become more responsible in the use of antibiotics in its
conventional meat products.
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