Are Rangitikei chickens given antibiotics?

We do not routinely use any antibiotics relevant to human health in the treatment of any poultry flocks. Like other Poultry Industry Association of New Zealand (PIANZ) members, we only use antibiotics to treat sick birds or prevent the spread of infection. This is an accepted veterinary practice and such medicines can only be used on prescription from a vet. Antibiotics used are registered for use by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). If any medication is used, there are strict enforced stand down periods to ensure that birds sent for processing no longer have traces of antibiotics in their systems.

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