- KFC promised not to serve chickens raised with antibiotics for humans
- At the end of 2018, all its 4,000 restaurants in the United States will only serve chickens not given antibiotics
- Antibiotics are routinely given to livestock in order “to help them survive and make them grow faster in unsanitary, crowded and stressful conditions
The Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC, the American fast food restaurant chain that specializes on fried chicken, announced on Friday, April 7, that it will no longer serve chickens that were raised using human antibiotics in their U.S. stores.
At the end of 2018, the fried chicken chain vows that all its 4,000 restaurants in the U.S. will only serve chickens that were not given antibiotics used for humans. Antibiotics for animals may still be used to treat chicken diseases, it said.
A 2016 report called Chain Reaction II written by a group of six non-profit and activist organizations said antibiotics have been used on non-organic livestock for years in order “to help them survive and make them grow faster in unsanitary, crowded and stressful conditions.
“These lifesaving drugs are fed routinely to animals that are not sick in order to promote growth and prevent diseases that spread easily in crowded, filthy factory farm conditions,” the report said.
Being one of the largest buyers of chickens in the U.S., the KFC’s resolve to serve human antibiotics-free chickens is expected to push chicken farmers to ditch the use of antibiotics.