Chick-fil-A, Inc. announced this week the company's plan to serve chicken raised without antibiotics in all Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide within five years.
This move marks the first time a quick service restaurant has committed to a 100% "raised without antibiotics" standard for poultry.
According to a Chick-fil-A press statement, consumer research indicates an interest in how food is made and where it is sourced, with particular interest in the use of antibiotics. As a result, the company says it is partnering with its national and regional poultry suppliers to build the necessary supply of chickens raised without antibiotics to match the chain's sales volume.
The company is asking suppliers to work with the USDA to verify that no antibiotics are administered at any point.
"A shift this significant will take some time, as it requires changes along every point of the supply chain – from the hatchery to the processing plant. Our suppliers are committed, and we pledge to have this conversion complete within five years or sooner based on supply chain readiness," said Tim Tassopoulos, executive vice president of operations of Chickfil- A.
The company plans to post quarterly updates on its website next year, after the initial phase-in.
Chick-fil-A says it is also testing the removal of high fructose corn syrup from all of its dressings and sauces. The chain previously removed trans fat from all of its menu items and condiments in 2008.