Overuse of medically important antibiotics occurs not just on poultry farms, but throughout the American livestock industry. FOCUS and Pew have partnered to address responsible use of antibiotics in poultry production because of the unique position school districts hold in shifting demand. Chicken is the most popular protein served in schools, offered daily in many cafeterias across the nation. FOCUS school districts, composed of the nation’s leading institutional purchasers of food for children, buy tens of millions of pounds of chicken each academic year. As such, they are in a unique position to catalyze poultry production reform.
It is important to note that the poultry currently served in schools is safe and wholesome. The use of antibiotics in raising poultry does not compromise its nutritional value.