U.S. Largest School Districts to Procure Antibiotic-Free Chicken

Serving nearly three million students daily, new city alliance continues to improve quality of school meals

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Serving nearly three million students daily, new city alliance continues to improve quality of school meals.

The Urban School Food Alliance (The Alliance), a coalition of the largest school districts in the United States that includes New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami-Dade, Dallas and Orlando, announced today an antibiotic-free standard for companies to follow when supplying chicken products to its schools. The Alliance is taking action to protect the future of their students.

Working with suppliers, non-profit partners and government agencies, the Alliance has committed to the following standard:

The Alliance will require that all chicken products must be produced under a USDA Process Verified Program that includes compliance with the following:

  • No animal by-products in the feed
  • Raised on an all-vegetarian diet
  • Humanely raised as outlined in the National Chicken Council Animal Welfare Guidelines
  • No antibiotics ever
Sources and more information
  • Nation’s Largest School Districts to Procure Antibiotic-Free Chicken, nrdc, media 2014/141209b, December 9, 2014.
  • Support For Antibiotic Stewardship in Poultry Production,
    nrdc, December 2013.
  • Major US Cities Not “Chickening” Out on Good School Food, switchboard, December 9, 2014.
  • Looking for Good Food in LA? Head to the School Cafeteria!, switchboard, December 9, 2014.
  • Dominoes falling: A year-in-review in the consumer movement for antibiotic-free meat, switchboard, December 9, 2014.

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