Exclusive: Costco working to end use of human antibiotics in chicken

March 6, 2015 12:25 AM

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Exclusive: Costco working to end use of human antibiotics in chicken

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Costco Wholesale Corp is working toward eliminating the sale of chicken and meat from other animals raised with antibiotics that are vital to fighting human infections, senior executives at the third-largest U.S. retailer told Reuters on Thursday.

The ongoing push by Costco, which sells 80 million rotisserie chickens a year, highlights growing pressure on the supply chain in the wake of this week's announcement by fast-food giant McDonald's Corp that it would stop buying chicken raised with so-called "shared-use" antibiotics within two years.

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