March 25, 2024

Chick-fil-A Announces Change in Chicken Antibiotic Standards

1.1 min read| Published On: March 25th, 2024|

By Cindy Peterson

Chick-fil-A Announces Change in Chicken Antibiotic Standards

1.1 min read| Published On: March 25th, 2024|

Chick-fil-A, a leading fast-food chain renowned for its commitment to quality and excellence, has announced a shift in its antibiotics standard. Starting in the Spring of 2024, Chick-fil-A will transition from its current No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) standard to No Antibiotics Important To Human Medicine (NAIHM) to ensure the continued availability of high-quality chicken while upholding its commitment to responsible farming practices.

The decision to transition to the NAIHM standard comes as part of Chick-fil-A’s ongoing efforts to maintain the supply of top-tier chicken products while aligning with industry best practices. Under the NAE standard, Chick-fil-A ensured that no antibiotics of any kind were used in raising the animals. With the transition to NAIHM, Chick-fil-A will restrict the use of antibiotics that are important to human medicine and commonly used to treat people. Animal antibiotics will only be permitted if the animal and those around it were to become sick, ensuring responsible and judicious use.

The announcement read:

“Chick-fil-A has been dedicated to quality since the beginning. Our commitment to the high-quality chicken you expect from us is rooted in three simple things.

Quality has always been our approach to food. And because chicken is at the center of our menu, we serve only real, white breast meat with no added fillers, artificial preservatives, or steroids. Like other chicken in the United States, ours contains no added hormones.

We source our chicken from farms in the U.S., in accordance with our Animal Wellbeing Standards. Our standards are rooted in the internationally recognized Five Freedoms.

We established an Animal Wellbeing Council of outside experts, which provides feedback on our policies and practices. With their input, we are constantly evaluating our approach to animal wellbeing to ensure it is consistent with or exceeds industry standards.”

 

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About the Author: Cindy Peterson

Originally from the small town of Berryville, Arkansas, Cindy has become a multimedia specialist in journalism, photography, videography and video editing.

She has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Central Arkansas and is a correspondent for The Daily Commercial, LakeFront TV and Beacon College’s PBS talk show, “A World of Difference,” where she received an Anthem Award and Telly Award.

When she isn’t working, Cindy spends time with her husband, Ryan, and son, David, traveling and taking photos of landscapes and wildlife.

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