Tyson Foods,the huge producer of all things chicken in the States, has announced that it has:
begun to produce all of its fresh chicken free of antibiotics and is selling the chicken in grocery stores under a "Raised Without Antibiotics" label. An estimated 70 percent of all antibiotics used in the United States are regularly added to the feed of livestock and poultry that are not sick—a practice with serious consequences for our health. Bacteria that are constantly exposed to antibiotics develop antibiotic resistance. This means that when humans get sick from resistant bacteria, the antibiotics prescribed by doctors don't work.
This quote is from FEED, an e-mail digest from the Union of Concerned Scientists (Bless them) which keeps me informed on the latest good and bad news in the world of food. I am happy to hear this as I am in a quandary as to what to eat in these days of mad cow disease, bird flu, and poisonous chicken/turkey fed god knows what from where. This is a small step, but an encouraging one, and I am happy to see it taken. Now if we can just get all the rest of the food suppliers to follow suite!