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Foster Farms Focuses on Antibiotic-Free Products

03 June 2015

US - Major US poultry producer Foster Farms is introducing a chicken product raised without antibiotics, as well as an organic chicken product.

Foster Farms is introducing two new product lines, Foster Farms Certified Organic and Foster Farms Simply Raised antibiotic-free chicken at major retailers throughout the west United States.

The company said it has steadily reduced antibiotic use company-wide while adjusting its production and capital investment strategy to increase the number of ranches producing chicken raised without antibiotics.

As part of their commitment to responsible production and continuous advancement, the company has tripled its production of chicken raised without any antibiotics since 2014. Foster Farms has already eliminated antibiotics that are critical to human medicine in all of its chicken production and is working to eliminate the use of all human antibiotics.

"Our company is committed to responsible growing practices that help preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics for human health and medicine,” said Ron Foster, CEO and President of Foster Farms.

“We take a holistic approach to antibiotic stewardship. Our goal has been three-fold: reduce the need for medical treatment by advancing bird health; choose animal-only antibiotics when needed for conventional flocks; and increase antibiotic-free production.

"Our progress can be seen in local supermarkets today. West Coast consumers now have greater access to locally grown organic and antibiotic-free chicken."

Its practices will be independently audited to ensure compliance with the stated objectives of its antibiotic stewardship policy. Company executives have joined national leaders in human and animal health and federal government representatives at the White House for the One Health Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship.

Foster Farms Simply Raised and Foster Farms Certified Organic chicken are both produced without any antibiotics and are entirely vegetarian fed. The organic product is additionally fed only organic feed, and is certified as organic by the US Department of Agriculture.

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