Chick-fil-A kicks antibiotics to the curb
February 11th, 2014
04:00 PM ET
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A popular American fast food restaurant wants you to "Eat mor chikin" without antibiotics.

Chick-fil-A Inc. announced plans Tuesday to use chicken raised without antibiotics in all of its restaurants within five years.

National and regional poultry suppliers are partnering with the company to stock up. Chik-fil-A wants these suppliers to collaborate with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure the chickens do not receive any antibiotics.

"Since our family business began 67 years ago, we have focused on our customers. It's why we insist upon using the highest quality ingredients," Dan Cathy, president and chief executive officer of Chick-fil-A, said in a statement. "We want to continue that heritage, and offering antibiotic-free chicken is the next step."

Chick-fil-A is a privately owned company with 1,700 locations in 39 states and Washington. It deems itself the "second largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States." The company produced sales of $5 billion in 2013, the announcement said.

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  1. Thinking things through

    Every time I see a supermarket chicken, it says, "no antibiotics given" on the label. Then I read the fine print and it says that antibiotics in chicken feed is already prohibited by law. Okay, so what gives here?

    February 14, 2014 at 5:59 am |
  2. mgcady

    I appreciate that they are taking this step. I still disagree with other policies that the company is very vocal about, so I still won't be buying any of their products (when I'm in the area they cover, which is about once a year. We don't have them up here in the frozen wastes of upstate NY.).

    February 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm |
    • mgcady

      Maybe other restaurants will turn this into a trend?

      February 12, 2014 at 12:50 pm |
  3. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Chickens are gay.

    February 12, 2014 at 11:23 am |
    • RC

      Ha! Funny!

      February 12, 2014 at 11:47 am |
  4. Poster

    Antibiotics or not, I have to applaud this courageous company for standing up for traditional American values.

    February 12, 2014 at 8:44 am |
  5. AleeD®

    This should be interesting...

    February 12, 2014 at 6:49 am |
    • RC@AleeD®

      I'll get the popcorn.....

      February 12, 2014 at 11:00 am |
      • Turth™@AleeD, RC

        I'm surprised this has not caught fire yet...I think the Christophobes are all on the Belief Blog, pouting at the new WordPress requirement...

        February 12, 2014 at 11:27 am |
        • AleeD® @ Turth™ & RC

          Seems as tho' today's poster would rather correct other people's information about chocolate. Fascinating.

          February 12, 2014 at 12:15 pm |
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