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Tyson Announces Removal of Antibiotics From its Chicken Hatcheries

Tyson Foods has announced that, as of Oct. 1, it no longer uses antibiotics in its 35 chicken hatcheries.

“Since the antibiotic typically used in hatcheries is important to human health, this is a significant first step toward our goal of reducing the use of antibiotics that are also used in human medicine,” the company stated.

Last month, Perdue announced that it made the same transition.

Tyson still uses antibiotics in chicken feed “when prescribed by a veterinarian to treat or prevent disease” and said that the “vast majority of the antibiotics” they use aren’t used in humans.

The company also said that it’s researching “alternative treatments and protocols that will eventually eliminate the application of any antibiotics used in human medicine from poultry feed.”

Tyson offers a completely antibiotic-free chicken under its NatureRaised Farms brand.

Steven Roach, senior analyst for Keep Antibiotics Working, said that the coalition is pleased about the change, but that there’s still room for improvement.

“Tyson’s position on using human class drugs for disease prevention is something we oppose and seems to be a step backward for Tyson. So kudos on the hatchery change, but they could do more on antibiotics in their chicken feed,” he said.

Food Safety News

African farmers to export banana, citrus after removal of restrictions

African farmers to export banana, citrus after removal of restrictions

Growers of banana, avocado and citrus in Africa are set to resume exports to the lucrative markets in Europe, South Africa and Middle East after the removal of quarantine restrictions for such produce, researchers said on Tuesday.

Several researchers from Africa and across the globe which conducted studies on the presence of an invasive Asian fruit fly known as Bactrocera invadens convinced EU, Middle East and some African countries to remove such restrictions on the produce. “Our studies have now convinced countries like South Africa, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands to remove their quarantine restrictions for such produce from Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania, Senegal among others,” Scientist Sunday Ekesi from the Nairobi-based International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

Ekesi noted that the findings, published in February 2013 in the Journal of Applied Entomology, showed mature green Cavendish dwarf banana to be a non-host stage of Bactrocera invadens, meaning that this particular variety should therefore not be subjected to quarantine restrictions.

Ekesi noted that by applying the protocols, published in 2011 and 2012 in the Journal of Economic Entomology, growers in sub Saharan African countries infested by Bactrocera invadens will now be able to export avocado and citrus to Europe, the Middle East and Asia.


Publication date: 2/27/2014

New research at Cranfield conference confirms importance of ethylene removal in extending strawberry product life

New research at Cranfield conference confirms importance of ethylene removal in extending strawberry product life

New research from Cranfield University and Writtle College, to be presented at the MQUIC 2013 supply chain conference this week, shows for the first time that ethylene removal extends the post-harvest life of strawberries—and proves that It’sFresh! ethylene-removal technology extends strawberry shelf-life by at least two days.

The two presentations at the VI International Conference on Managing Quality in Chains (at Cranfield University from 2-5 September)1 are based on research utilising the commercially-proven ethylene-removal technology used in It’sFresh! ethylene-removal pads. PhD researchers at Cranfield will present ground-breaking new experimental results that explain why removing ethylene (using It’sFresh! technology) can extend the post-harvest life and quality of strawberries—full details will be announced at the conference.

Simon Lee, Chief Marketing Officer at It’sFresh!, comments: “These independent studies, undertaken using our ethylene-removal technology, will reinforce what we and It’sFresh! customers already know from commercial experience: strawberries and other berries need effective ethylene management just as much as other types of fruit if they are to arrive at the consumer in top condition and avoid being wasted.
“We’re proud to be the subject of academic discussions at such a prestigious event—the UK’s first international postharvest conference for 25 years—and to support it as a Platinum sponsor. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring together leading scientists, policy makers and industry chiefs, to debate key issues for the fresh produce industry, such as quality, waste and how to meet future demand with the world’s growing population.”

It’sFresh! is currently being used by supermarket chains in the UK is helping to fight the war on fresh produce waste. The pad, inserted into fresh produce packaging, traps and locks away ethylene gas (the fruit’s natural hormone, responsible for the premature ripening and decay of produce on its journey from growers to consumers). Based on current commercial roll-out It’sFresh! typically saves around 50% of in-store waste and adds a minimum of two days’ product life.

Simon Lee concludes: “Our technology is a British innovation with the potential to make a global difference in the fresh produce industry. It’sFresh! has been shown to effectively remove ethylene throughout the whole supply chain, not only in strawberries and other berries, but also in tomatoes, avocados, stone fruit and pears. Its simplicity makes it readily applicable in both developed and developing world, and emerging markets.

Hosted by Cranfield University, MQUIC 2013 aims to provide a holistic supply-chain context for the many technical innovations that maintain fresh produce quality. It will provide a forum for leading academics, industrialists and students, to evaluate the entire fresh produce postharvest supply chain, covering topics such as reducing waste and resource mapping, consumer-centred technological advances and integrating supply chain management with novel postharvest technologies.

For more information: visit or contact:
Simon Lee, Chief Marketing Officer (UK)
Tel: +44 (0) 7770 934 005
Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 9/2/2013