Antibiotic resistance is a serious public health concern, and the International Poultry Council shares that concern. We recognize that animal antibiotics must be used responsibly to minimize animal agriculture’s potential contribution to antibiotic resistance. That’s why we’ve made a commitment to the responsible use and stewardship of antibiotics. As part of this commitment, we will continue to reduce the need for antibiotics through good management practices such as the use of vaccines, proper nutrition, good ventilation, hygiene, and appropriate housing. But there are times when antibiotic use is the responsible choice in order to prevent and relieve animal suffering.
Antibiotics are an important tool used to protect both human health and animal health. It’s our responsibility to protect the health and welfare of the birds in our care, which in turn produce healthy, nutritious food for our families.
To read the IPC position statement on antimicrobial resistance, please click here: