Foster Farms expands antibiotic-free chicken production

Company announces new products, updated business strategy and elimination of human-use antibiotics in chicken production.

Foster Farms introduced June 1 two new product lines — Foster Farms Certified Organic and Foster Farms Simply Raised antibiotic-free chicken — at major retailers throughout the West, according to an announcement.

As part of Foster Farms’ commitment to responsible production and continuous advancement, the company has tripled its production of chicken raised without any antibiotics since 2014, making it the largest producer of U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified organic and antibiotic-free chicken in the western U.S., the company said.

Foster Farms has already eliminated antibiotics that are critical to human medicine in all of its chicken production companywide and is working to eliminate the use of all human-use antibiotics. Its practices will be independently audited to ensure compliance with the stated objectives of its antibiotic stewardship policy.

On June 2, company executives will join national leaders in human and animal health as well as federal government representatives at the White House for the One Health Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship.

Foster Farms Simply Raised and Foster Farms Certified Organic chicken are produced without any antibiotics and represent a new generation of offerings from the 76-year-old company. Foster Farms Simply Raised fresh chicken is 100% vegetarian fed. Foster Farms Organic fresh chicken is USDA-certified, raised free-range on organic land and is organic vegetarian fed.

Foster Farms said it has steadily reduced antibiotic use companywide while adjusting its production and capital investment strategy to increase the number of ranches producing chicken raised without antibiotics.

"Our company is committed to responsible growing practices that help preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics for human health and medicine," said Ron Foster, chief executive officer and president of Foster Farms. "We take a holistic approach to antibiotic stewardship. Our goal has been three-fold: reduce the need for medical treatment by advancing bird health; choose animal-only antibiotics when needed for conventional flocks, and increase antibiotic-free production."

The company's antibiotic stewardship policy for broiler chickens is available at www.FosterFarms.com/about/antibiotic-stewardship.asp.

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