Sandwich restaurant chain Subway took a step closer toward its new policy of selling only meat from animals raised without antibiotics at its U.S. restaurants, as it introduced the the Rotisserie-Style Chicken Sandwich, which was made available on March 1.

The sandwich, according to the company’s website, is used with tender, hand-pulled all white-meat chicken that has been raised without antibiotics.

Subway in October revealed its new antibiotics policy that stated that all of its chicken, turkey, pork and beef would only come from animals raised without antibiotics of any sort.  The company stated that it would convert its entire supply of chicken to antibiotic-free by the end of 2016, while it would completely switch to antibiotic-free turkey by 2018 or 2019. Its pork and beef supply will come exclusively from animals never treated with antibiotics by 2025.


At the time Subway announced its new antibiotics supply, Dennis Clabby, executive vice president of Subway’s Independent Purchasing Cooperative (IPC) said the company is moving to antibiotic-free meats because customers are more mindful of what they are eating, and Subway is making changes to provide the types of food they are looking for. He also stated that he hoped other restaurant chains would follow their lead in introducing meats from animals raised without antibiotics.

Headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Subway has more than 27,000 restaurants in the United States.