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Perdue Farms

If Perdue can do it, why can't everyone?

If Perdue can do it, why can't everyone?

This month, Maryland's own Perdue Farms announced that their chicken supply is now 100 percent antibiotic free — a win for public health in Maryland and the entire country. Perdue is the first major American poultry supplier to stop using routine, low dose antibiotics in their agricultural operation. If Perdue, which processes approximately 13 million chickens each week, can make this change, why can't everyone?

The routine use of low dose antibiotics to raise animals facilitates the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which can travel off of farms and into the community through human to animal contact, contaminated food and through environmental factors like water...