Chick-fil-A Is Changing Their Chicken And It Will No Longer Be Antibiotic Free?!

( – Chick-fil-A, the popular food chain that sells mainly chicken products, has just announced that they will be changing their chicken. The change means that they can no longer promise antibiotic-free chicken like they once did.

Ten years ago Chick-fil-A moved to a “No Antibiotics Ever” standard promising that they wouldn’t use any antibiotic-raised chickens. The new model that they are moving to is called No Antibiotics Important To Human Medicine and it states that antibiotics may be used if an animal is sick but not ones that would be used commonly on humans.

A spokesperson who commented on the change said that the company was worried about supply issues and being able to find antibiotic chicken. With this, Chick-fil-A promised to still serve “real, white breast meat with no added fillers, artificial preservatives or steroids.”

The Federal Drug Administration allows antibiotics in food, but there are regulations around it. They can be used to treat animals just like they do humans but there are some side effects that could happen, which is why there are restrictions in place.

“Food animals can carry bacteria, such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, that can make people ill. When animals are given antibiotics, resistant bacteria in their intestines can continue to survive and grow,” the CDC says.

As a result, when the animals are processed this can lead to the exposure and spread of resistant bacteria that humans can get sick from. The USDA even says that most poultry will need to go through a withdrawal period to get rid of any lingering antibiotics.

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