Tyson to use new label for 'Raised Without Antibiotics Chicken'
Tyson Foods and the USDA have agreed to new and more informative labelling
for the company's 'Raised Without Antibiotics' chicken
Tyson will be phasing in the new labelling
language on its packages over the next few months. The company will also post
additional information about the label on its website,
Tyson began seeking modified wording in November, after
USDA notified the company that its original label had been mistakenly approved
by the government since the company uses ionophores as an ingredient in its
chicken feed. Tyson's practice of using ionophores was noted in its original
label application, which was approved by USDA in May 2007. However, USDA
officials subsequently withdrew their approval of the label in November, telling
Tyson they consider ionophores a form of antibiotics.
plans to continue using ionophores, which are recognized and approved by the
federal government as a safe feed ingredient.
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