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Tyson's, shame on you [May. 2nd, 2008|08:18 am]
So, Tyson's, the only chicken company I hate just a wee bit less than Perdue, has been caught promoting their chickens as antibiotic-free. Except of course, they're not.

They DO give their chickens antibiotics, it's just that they're not approved for human use. Umm, dude, that's STILL an antibiotic.

And then we find they're splitting even more hairs. Because they inject the chicken eggs with antibiotics...that way they can say that the chickens are "raised" antibiotic free.

Oh, stop. I'd get really outraged here -- but they all do it. All of them.

Sigh. At least it's an improvement from the days were I had to special order chicken feed that was NOT automatically laced with antibiotics.

What's a savvy consumer to do? I love Springer Mountain Chicken -- although they've perverted the organics standards -- they're allowed to call their chickens organic despite the fact that they get conventional and not organic feed. Not a huge thing to get my panties in a wad over -- except that a certain congressman from their state purposely created this loophole in the federal organic standards for them.

Bell & Evans...also a good chicken, but of course, "raised" antibiotic free...

This is why, when someone complains that over-regulation of business is a bad idea...I have to say, dude, look what they get up to WITH regulation. Can you just imagine?

[User Picture]From: sestree
2008-05-02 12:59 pm (UTC)
After raising my own free range chickens, I can barely eat chicken anymore unless it's drown in sauces and spices and such. It either tastes funny or just doesn't taste at all. It can't be good for you when the taste is that different can it?

We did always vaccinated our chickens against cocciliosis (which I just butchered but I'm too lazy to look it up) but I don't think we gave them antibiotics unless it was in the feed. I honestly cannot remember. The chickens and the eggs still tasted very different from store bought.

Of course, so did the pork. *sigh* I miss the farm.
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[User Picture]From: thatliardiego
2008-05-02 01:52 pm (UTC)
Nice to hear you miss something other than the guns. :D
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[User Picture]From: sestree
2008-05-02 01:54 pm (UTC)

Well I don't miss the beer - that's fershure.

Hey are y'all fairie-festing this weekend?
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[User Picture]From: thatliardiego
2008-05-02 02:04 pm (UTC)
We don't do the fairie thing -- that's just a little too foofy for us. I'm leading a brewery tour, and Pam's running the Clipper City stand at the microbrewfest at Pimlico (they race horses all day, and then show the Derby on a big screen inside the track). Sunday is Towsontown Spring Fair and the Amish Outlaws!
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[User Picture]From: sestree
2008-05-02 02:05 pm (UTC)
ahhhhh. Yeah I love the organic farm though - go figure eh?

Sorry I'm going to miss your Brewery Tour :( I'll get with you on other times you're heading it so we can get another set of glasses :)
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