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How one chicken company is kicking the antibiotic habit

How one chicken company is kicking the antibiotic habit

As of this week, all Perdue Farms chicken products in Chicago will be sold under the claim "No Antibiotics Ever," a subtle shift in the grocery store that represents a harbinger of large-scale change coming to the chicken industry.

The announcement — also relevant to markets in Denver, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Milwaukee — is another step in Maryland-based Perdue's yearslong quest to rid its birds of antibiotics, a process that's ruffled some feathers along the way. For decades, antibiotics have been used in the industry to stave off sickness and fatten up birds. But such use on animals can render humans more vulnerable to bacteria, health experts have warned....

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