Perdue Foods Taking Steps to Remove Antibiotics from Nearly All of its Chicken

The privately owned food giant answering consumer requests by only using antibiotics when prescribed by a vet.
1:29 | 09/04/14

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Now we have a major change that could have a big impact on your diet and health. Perdue is removing antibiotics from nearly all its chicken and Jen Ashton here with the details. Pretty big. It is definitely big news and it's a step in the right direction because there's been growing evidence that there is a link between the overuse of antibiotics in livestock and then antibiotic resistance which then affects humans so in theory the healthier the animals, the healthier the people who eat the meat from those animals. What do you think? It's an important first step but need to broaden it out to how they're treated, raised and lived because if they're jammed into close quarters and peck each other and they spread infection, that's not good for them and it's not good for us but it's much more than the issue of antibiotics. It's are they being given hormones? What are they being fed and how are they living so an important step but it's not the whole picture. Their living conditions is why they're given antibiotics in the first place. Part of the reason. It's -- they get an infection and it spreads. Not only bad business for the farmer who is growing them but bad for those animals and then bad for our health but, again, when you're talking about antibiotic resistance, we need to use those antibiotics. This is only the beginning because we hear about that all the time, the overuse of antibiotics and they just don't work. That's right and we need to start with doctors prescribing them well and patients not asking for them when not necessary and use the right one in the right scenario. Thanks very much. Mike, you're going to go

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