Chick-fil-A's No Antibiotics Ever Commitment:
In 2014, we announced we would work with suppliers over the next several years to remove
all antibiotics (including ionophores) from our chicken supply. Below are details of our
No Antibiotics means No Antibiotics.
This means we don't allow antibiotics to be added to the feed, water or any commercial
vaccines used by our suppliers. We also don't allow ionophores (which are commonly used to
prevent intestinal illnesses in animals).
Every Customer, Everywhere, Everyday (except Sundays, of course!)
In partnership with our suppliers, we're working to establish a stable, sustainable, supply
chain that can deliver on our promise of no antibiotics ever. This means every customer, at
every restaurant across the country will be served chicken without antibiotics everyday
(except Sundays, of course!).
P.S. This is why it is taking us five years. We want all of our suppliers to be able to meet
this customer expectation.
Checks and balances are always a good thing – especially when you are making a promise as
important as this. We're working with the USDA to help establish a process to verify all of
our suppliers are continuously meeting our commitment of no antibiotics ever.
As of second quarter of 2016, we have converted more than 23% of our supply to poultry raised without antibiotics.
Even more details on our No Antibiotics Ever Commitment are below:
Chick-fil-A's NAE claim means that suppliers are never to
directly administer antibiotics, within their operation, during the entire life cycle.
Administration of antibiotics to the diet (feed/water) is prohibited.
Ionophore use is prohibited.
Administration of antibiotics to commercial vaccines is prohibited.
If antibiotics, including ionophores, are administered for any reason, those flocks must
be removed from the Chick-fil-A supply chain.
In addition to the standards put in place, Chick-fil-A has
set up a very strict auditing process that is as follows:
As Truett Cathy has always said: "Food is essential to life. Therefore, make it good."
Each facility must be re-certified and maintain certification in order to be an approved
Supplier must submit evidence of that certification to
If certification is lost due to non-compliance, that facility is no longer approved to
produce product for Chick-fil-A. Supplier must regain
Chick-fil-A's NAE certification before producing again.
Supplier must notify Chick-fil-A, Inc. immediately if
certification is lost. Any future changes to the USDA's NAE PVP program may require
changes to this Specification.
Order volume with suppliers changes throughout the year, which creates fluctuation in our numbers.
Suppliers report on progress annually.