Thailand. Managing unintended consequence of raising chicken without antibiotics
The poultry industry is facing continued pressure from consumers, government, restaurants/retailers not to use antibiotics in its production and over half of broiler chicken companies in the US currently produce some chicken raised without antibiotics, Ashley Peterson, Senior Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at the National Chicken Council USA said at Ceva's Innovation Summit 2017.
“The demand for chicken raised without antibiotics is growing and it is going to require more conversion from conventional production to antibiotic production,” she said. However, producers will face unintended consequences of raising chicken without antibiotics including welfare, processing and cost. It takes time for the industry to determine best practices around raising birds this way. “Some of the unintended consequence will be minimized over time as we get better at finding alternate solutions,” Dr Peterson said.