As a steady consumer of Tyson chicken from my local grocery store, I was horrified to hear that the labels I’ve trusted are nothing short of false and misleading. These labels led me to believe this particular brand of chicken is healthier than the others a few feet away. I cannot summarize how much extra money I’ve spent to purchase this “healthier” option, but I can tell you I won’t buy this brand again.
Tyson’s statement that their chicken is “raised without antibiotics” in truth means that they are injecting their chickens with antibiotics before they are hatched. In my eyes, this is just as bad as if they were injected after hatching and “raised with antibiotics”. The USDA has tried to get Tyson to stop using the label, but Tyson is suing for the right to keep using it (and they still are- take a look at your local grocery store).
Since it is becoming clear that consumers cannot trust large companies to produce and truthfully market their products, my recommendation is to search out local resources for your meat. Whether is is a small meat shop or nearby farm selling meat at the farmer’s market, discuss with the owner how they raise their animals and if any antibiotics or other drugs are used. This way you can be fully aware of the product you are purchasing and make a decision based on facts, not misleading words.
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