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Dr. Oz Show Visits Perdue Farms

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SALISBURY, Md. - The Dr. Oz television show was in Salisbury recently to talk to Perdue Farms about the company's transition to being antibiotic free. The Dr. Oz cameras were taken inside the hatchery in Salisbury.

The company announced it was antibiotic free in early October.

Food companies have been using antibiotics for many years, including Perdue. They eventually asked themselves, "Why?"

"Why do we put antibiotics in the feed every day? Because we've been doing it for a long time. Now you really have to start venturing out and ask yourself, 'Why are we doing that? Is it necessary?,'" said Jim Perdue, CEO, Perdue Farms, on the Dr. Oz show. 
 

Also in the television show segment, the company discussed other ways they are improving chicken            s' health, including using things like probiotics, and herbal remedies like oregano and  yucca. Perdue officials say they use baby wipes inside the hatchery to keep the eggs clean.

"If an egg has a little bit of organic material on it, which some of them do, we take a baby wipe and just wipe that organic material off. It helps this egg stay clean and it helps the rest of the eggs from getting contaminated from that egg," said Dr. Bruce Stewart-Brown, Sr. Vice-President, Perdue Farms.     
 

A local poultry specialist says more poultry companies will be antibiotic free.
             

"That's important because remember, we are going to get birds that are sick and we do need to have an outlet for those markets. If I am completely antibiotic free and we have to treat my birds, we've got a problem. Because I can't send them to my processing plant, we've got all these other problems, said Dr. Jonathon Moyle, University of Maryland Extension.  
Moyle added that companies moving towards being antibiotic free are doing so as a result of public demand for it.
But, a potential drawback is there is a higher mortality rate for chickens in antibiotic free companies.




 

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