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Our Journey: Antibiotic-Free Chicken

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 program's specifications:

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.

Verified. Certified.

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.

To date, we have converted more than 20% of our supply to poultry raised without antibiotics. We will continue to provide updates on our progress going forward.

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:

  • Each facility must be re-certified and maintain certification in order to be an approved supplier.
  • Supplier must submit evidence of that certification to Chick-fil-A annually.
  • 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.
As Truett Cathy has always said: "Food is essential to life. Therefore, make it good."
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