The Jamaica Broilers Group has decided to discontinue use of antibiotics in treating its poultry, citing the recognition of scientific data concluding that the overuse of antibiotics in food-producing animals can lead to antibiotic resistant diseases.
“We are committed to continual improvement, which means we’re always pursuing innovations in safety and quality,” Jamaica Broilers said.
“We have consistently produced the highest quality poultry using the best global standards. Now that we know that the overuse of antibiotics in food-producing animals can lead to antibiotic resistant diseases, we’ve chosen to raise our birds with No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) so that you can enjoy healthier, cleaner, fresher, and more sustainable chickens.”
The Group assured customers that, starting from the farm and going all the way to dinner tables, the company’s poultry products will remain free of antibiotics.
Jamaica Broilers, in seeking to explain NAE, said animals raised without antibiotics are never given bacteria-fighting medication, whether through their feed, water, or injection. Instead, new options are utilised to improve animal health and wellbeing like mineral oils that aid digestion.
“We provide our chickens with a well-balanced diet. Our feed is comprised of corn, soybean meal, vitamins and minerals. No Antibiotics Ever birds are also given natural supplements for added health benefits,” Jamaica Broilers said.
“Just like people, animals sometimes get sick and treating illness is a responsible part of animal care. Bacterial infections may affect the birds’ intestinal tract, so using antibiotics is one way to keep animals healthy. Our pledge of No Antibiotics Ever means that The Best Dressed Chicken birds will not be treated with antibiotics.”
The Group, acknowledging that it had previously used antibiotics, noted however that an internationally accepted withdrawal period for antibiotics was being used to treat animals on the farm, which means that antibiotic residue would typically be flushed from the animal’s system long before it reaches consumers. Now, however, Jamaica Broilers stressed that there woul be no residue or withdrawal period required as antibiotics will not be used in the first place.
In a Consumer Reports (CR) article published last September, Brian Ronholm, CR’s director for food policy, said: “Choosing meat and poultry raised without antibiotics is an important way for individuals to help fight back against antibiotic resistance.”