What's new ? - 2017

What's new ? - 2017

Antibiotic-free grocery chicken

19 May, 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year at least 23,000 people in the United States lose their lives to antibiotic-resistant infections and an additional two million are sickened. America's leading grocery chains are failing to address overuse of antibiotics in chicken, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
The report evaluates and grades the five largest grocery retailers in North America - Costco, Publix, Walmart, Albertsons/Safeway, and Kroger - on their offerings of chicken brands from producers with responsible antibiotics practices and their public commitment to appropriate antibiotic use in food animals.
Key findings:
- All five grocery retailers offered at least one brand choice reflective of responsible antibiotic usepractices, and most offered several such choices.
- None of the major retailers had publicly committed to eliminating routine antibiotic use in their chicken supply chains.
- While most grocery stores surveyed offered RWA or USDA Certified Organic chicken, they often lacked signage to direct consumers to these offerings. 
- The proportion of brand choices with verified claims about antibiotic use varied widely from grocer to grocer (20 to 50 percent).
The report recommends that grocery chains develop responsible antibiotic use policies and communicate them to consumers, improve signage, and advocate for third-party verification.