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Consumers Push Food Producers On Antibiotic Use

Chickens gather around a feeder in a Tyson Foods Inc. poultry house in rural Washington County, Arkansas on Thursday, June 19, 2003. (April L. Brown/AP)
Chickens gather around a feeder in a Tyson Foods Inc. poultry house in rural Washington County, Arkansas on Thursday, June 19, 2003. (April L. Brown/AP)

Tyson chicken, the country’s largest chicken producer, announced this week that it would stop using antibiotics used in human medicine by September 2017. This follows McDonald’s announcement in March that over the next two years it will stop serving chicken raised with those antibiotics.

Is it consumer pressure that’s leading to this change? Tamar Haspel, who writes about the intersection of food and science in The Washington Post’s Unearthed column, joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to look at the changing meat industry.

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