In this May 3, 2009 file photo, Tyson Foods chicken products are displayed on the shelves of a Little Rock, Ark. grocery store. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
In this May 3, 2009 file photo, Tyson Foods chicken products are displayed on the shelves of a Little Rock, Ark. grocery store. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
In this May 3, 2009 file photo, Tyson Foods chicken products are displayed on the shelves of a Little Rock, Ark. grocery store. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

(The Verge) – One of the world’s biggest meat processors, Tyson Foods, has set itself the goal of eliminating the use of human antibiotics from its US broiler chicken flocks by September 2017.

The company has already reduced its reliance on antibiotics by 80 percent since 2011, and it claims to have eliminated them entirely in its 35 chicken hatcheries back in October of last year. Only sick birds are now treated with antibiotics, in accordance with a veterinarian’s prescription.

Tyson’s commitment isn’t absolute, with the company saying it is “striving” to accomplish its stated goal, but it appears to be taking the matter seriously and will prepare annual progress reports.

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