OTTAWA, Oct. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - The announcement of McDonalds Canada
regarding the company's direction on chicken raised without the use of
antibiotics of human importance is consistent with the overall
direction of the Canadian chicken industry and plays a role in
advancing Canada's ongoing, long-term Antimicrobial Use (AMU) Strategy.
Recent announcements, such as that by McDonald's to begin offering
chicken raised without antibiotics of human importance, dovetail with
the industry's initiatives around responsible use of antibiotics in
"Antimicrobial reduction continues to be a concern for farmers,
consumers, and public health experts," said Chair of Chicken Farmers of
Canada, Dave Janzen. "While they are an important part of modern human
and animal medicine, Chicken Farmers of Canada supports the responsible
use of antimicrobials to maintain animal health, animal welfare, and
food safety. Ultimately, the goal of the AMU strategy is to ensure the
continued effectiveness of antibiotics while providing continued
confidence to consumers."
As farming practices continue to evolve, chicken farmers play a leading
role in researching antimicrobial alternatives, through supporting
cutting-edge research and innovation. The industry-wide AMU strategy
was developed in tandem with all industry stakeholders. This includes
the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada, the Canadian Hatchery
Federation, the Canadian Hatching Egg Producers, the Canadian Poultry
and Egg Processors Council, Turkey Farmers of Canada, and the Canadian
Association of Poultry Veterinarians.
The biggest step in this strategy was eliminating the preventive use of
Category I antibiotics - throughout the chicken sector. Category I
antibiotics are those considered most important to human health, and as
of May 15, 2014, their preventive use was no longer permitted in the
Canadian chicken sector.
Eliminating the preventive use of Category I antibiotics is one part of
the larger AMU strategy. Other major components of the strategy include
analyzing antimicrobial resistance, reviewing best management
practices, ensuring effective controls of AMU in Canada, educating
stakeholders, as well as researching and sourcing alternative products.
To-date, the poultry sector has invested over $3.2 million through the
Canadian Poultry Research council and nearly half of this research has
been in areas related to antimicrobial use and alternatives.
We do all of these things to make sure that we are providing Canadians
with safe, fresh, high-quality chickens so that they have confidence in
the food they are buying for their families.
For more information on supply management, visit www.chickenfarmers.ca
SOURCE Chicken Farmers of Canada
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