Canadian restaurant chain Pizza Pizza has eliminated the use of antibiotics from its entire chicken supply, the company announced on January 23.

The change, which coincides with Pizza Pizza’s 50th anniversary, is effective immediately. The change involves everything from chicken wings and boneless chicken bites to chicken tenders and grilled chicken topping. The move makes Pizza Pizza among the first major pizza chains to make the switch. 

“When we opened our first location in 1967, the team made a commitment to delivering the best food, made especially for our customers,” said Pat Finelli, chief marketing officer at Pizza Pizza. “The introduction of chicken raised without the use of antibiotics in our entire menu is a natural part of that promise and something we´re proud to introduce in our 50th anniversary year.”

Additionally, Pizza Pizza´s chicken products are sourced from chickens that are fed a vegetable grain diet, without animal by-products, and the chain´s chicken bites, chicken strips and chicken sandwiches are also made with 100 percent white breast meat, not ground meat, the company stated in a press release.

Pizza Pizza, headquartered in Etobicoke, Toronto, has more than 750 locations across the country. It is unaffiliated with Little Caesars, which owns the “Pizza Pizza” trademark in the United States.

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