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The company plans to eliminate use by the end of September 2017.

April 28, 2015

Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest producers of chicken, announced on Tuesday that it plans to eliminate human antibiotics from its chicken flocks by the end of September 2017.

The move comes amid public health concerns over the over-use of antibiotics in farming and in humans, and how it can contribute to the growing global problem of antibiotic resistance.

“We’re confident our meat and poultry products are safe, but want to do our part to responsibly reduce human antibiotics on the farm so these medicines can continue working when they’re needed to treat illness,” Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods said in a statement issued by Tyson.

This article originally appeared on Time.com.

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