Tyson Sues USDA on Chicken Label

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Tyson Sues USDA on Chicken Label

06/17/2008
Describing itself "a victim of a flawed regulatory procedure," Tyson Foods has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture over its rules for labeling chicken raised without antibiotics.

Earlier this month, the USDA required Tyson to remove its "Raised Without Antibiotics," chicken label after the department said the company was using antibiotics in its hatcheries two to three days before the chicks were hatched. The USDA concluded that Tyson's chicken was therefore not raised without antibiotics.

In the lawsuit, Tyson claimed that from hatch to slaughter, the chickens are antibiotic-free, and that should allow it to label the chicken as "raised without antibiotics that impact antibiotic resistance in humans."