California-based poultry company Foster Farms on June 1 announced a new commitment to antibiotic-free chicken production, which includes the introduction of two new product lines – Foster Farms Certified Organic and Foster Farms Simply Raised antibiotic-free chicken.
Foster Farms Simply Raised and Foster Farms Certified Organic chicken are produced without any antibiotics and represent a new generation of offerings from the 76-year old company. Foster Farms Simply Raised fresh chicken is 100 percent vegetarian fed. Foster Farms Organic fresh chicken is USDA-certified, raised free-range on organic land and is organic vegetarian fed. The company’s three major product lines now include locally raised, American Humane Certified, Fresh & Natural, Simply Raised, and Certified Organic fresh chicken. Each line continues the brand’s legacy of providing West Coast-grown fresh poultry that is all natural with no additives, preservatives or sodium enhancers.
“Our company is committed to responsible growing practices that help preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics for human health and medicine,” said Ron Foster, CEO and President of Foster Farms. “We take a holistic approach to antibiotic stewardship. Our goal has been three-fold: reduce the need for medical treatment by advancing bird health; choose animal-only antibiotics when needed for conventional flocks; and increase antibiotic-free production. Our progress can be seen in local supermarkets today. West Coast consumers now have greater access to locally grown organic and antibiotic-free chicken."
The new antibiotic-free poultry products are in line with the company’s antibiotic stewardship policy described by Foster.