Tyson Foods, the largest chicken supplier in the U.S., has announced that it will phase out the use of human antibiotics in chickens by 2017, Bloomberg reports. Following in the footsteps of Chipotle and Chick-Fil-A, the Arkansas-based mega-farm is listening to a market that is more and more concerned about antibiotic-resistant superbugs and about animal welfare. The company said it would work with experts to find alternative methods of disease prevention for its chickens.
"One of our core values is to serve as responsible stewards of animals - we will not let sick animals suffer," Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods, said in the announcement.
That sounds like good news. But whether it will lead to better treatment of the chickens is another story.