What is Chick-fil-A’s “No Antibiotics Ever” Commitment?
No Antibiotics Ever allows no antibiotics of any kind in the chicken served at Chick-fil-A restaurants and the commitment is verified by the USDA. It means no use of human or animal antibiotics. No. Antibiotics. Ever. There are three key tenets to this commitment:
- Zero antibiotics. This doesn’t just mean that we avoid antibiotics that are important to human medicine, or that we only avoid routine use. It means that our chicken suppliers use no antibiotics of any kind – as defined by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – starting from the egg. No antibiotics can be used in the feed, water, vaccines, or other treatments, including ionophores. While birds that need antibiotics for medical reasons will still be treated for their wellbeing, birds that have been treated can no longer be included in the Chick-fil-A supply chain. No use of human or animal antibiotics. No. Antibiotics. Ever.
- No exceptions. Rather than quickly moving to adopt a more lenient standard, we worked with our suppliers to create a supply chain of No Antibiotics Ever chicken for every customer, everywhere, every day. As the nation’s largest chicken chain, this was a significant endeavor – the infrastructure simply did not exist to support the amount of chicken we serve. Instead, we collaborated with our suppliers to build the infrastructure for a stable supply of No Antibiotics Ever chicken.
- Verified and certified. We are working with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to verify that our chicken suppliers are continuously meeting our commitment of No Antibiotics Ever chicken.
- Each facility must be re-certified and maintain certification in order to be an approved supplier.
- Suppliers 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. The supplier must regain Chick-fil-A’s No Antibiotics Ever certification before it may produce again.
- A supplier must notify Chick-fil-A immediately if certification is lost. Any future changes to the USDA’s Process Verified Program (PVP) may require changes to this specification and how we verify compliance.
How is Chick-fil-A’s Commitment to “No Antibiotics Ever” Different?
Consumers often see various messages about quick-service restaurants going antibiotic-free; however, not all antibiotic-free policies were created equal.
Beyond many other antibiotic-free meat and poultry commitments, Chick-fil-A’s No Antibiotics Ever chicken commitment allows no antibiotics of any kind – as defined by the FDA – starting from the egg.
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