Antibiotics in the Supply Chain
Tyson Foods is dedicated to preserving the health and welfare of the animals within our supply chain while protecting public health. To reduce the potential of the development of antibiotic resistance, we are promoting the judicious antibiotic use principles outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Responsible use practices rely on preventive strategies such as biosecurity, animal welfare programs, proven management practices, vaccination programs, sanitation programs, routine health monitoring programs and veterinary oversight to minimize the potential need for antibiotic therapy. We work closely with our suppliers to promote these practices.
When possible, we use antibiotic alternatives that may include probiotics, essential oils and certain mineral salts. If these treatments don’t work, a veterinarian will provide a prescription for the appropriate antibiotic.
We are a founding member of the International Consortium for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Agriculture (ICASA), a public-private collaboration led by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. This group of global stakeholders will collaborate and support critical research to produce practical applications that address antimicrobial resistance. Collectively, members of the consortium have already committed $15 million to support innovative research on antimicrobial stewardship and animal health. In addition to serving on ICASA’s Executive Steering Committee, Tyson Foods is represented on four of the organization’s five working groups.