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KFC to free chicken from antibiotics by 2018

Staff Writer |
KFC plans to stop using chicken that contains antibiotics in the U.S. by the end of 2018, becoming the latest fast-food chain to move toward a more natural product.

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The chain, with 4,200 restaurants across the nation, said Friday it is cutting antibiotics from both its boneless and on-the-bone chicken.

"We share the public’s concern about... antimicrobial resistance," said Kevin Hochman, president of KFC U.S.

According to KFC, the move won't result in higher prices for consumers because the cost increase is small enough that the company can absorb it. But it won't be easy.

Hochman says growers will have to raise more chickens in order to meet KFC's size demands without the antibiotics.

On the plus side, the move could result in generally healthier birds since farms will be less crowded.

KFC worked with more than 2,000 farms, most of them family-owned and managed, in a dozen states to implement the new policy.

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