Americans Very Concerned About Chick-fil-A’s New Chicken

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( – On Thursday, Chick-fil-A announced that they would be moving away from using antibiotic-free chicken after this spring. 

In their announcement, they note that the company will continue to provide high-quality chicken, as its customers expect, but that they will be moving from No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) to No Antibiotics Important To Human Medicine (NAIHM) after the Spring of 2024. There was no deadline announced on when this change is going to begin. 

On the Chick-fil-A website, it is stated that NAE meant that during the raising of the animals, there will not be any antibiotics of any type used. However, NAIHM instead refers to only limiting the antibiotics that are considered to be important to human medicine and are usually used to treat people. With the change animal antibiotics used in cases of the chickens getting sick will be allowed in their chicken supply chain. 

The switch to antibiotic-free chicken occurred in 2014 and the company managed to meet its goal of only serving antibiotic-free chicken in 2019. 

A spokesperson for the company informed Fox News Digital in a statement that they were looking to the future and the best way to ensure the high-quality chicken that they are looking to serve. They noted that with this change they will not only be able to continue serving high-quality chicken but that they will also ensure that the expectations of what each customer wants will be met. 

Panera Bread had made a similar policy change away from its antibiotic-free policy for turkey and pork products and had written that the policy is limited by the supply chain options. 

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