Tyson Foods has “voluntarily withdrawn” advertising and labels claiming that its poultry products don’t contain antibiotics. This came after a federal court issued an injunction stopping the practice. The world’s largest meat producer has notified the U.S. Department of Agriculture that it would stop using the “raised without antibiotics” chicken label. Tyson had claimed it based the slogan on the absence of any antibiotic “believed to affect humans.” A federal judge in Baltimore had set a deadline to stop Tyson from running any of the advertisements. The injunction came after competitors, Maryland-based Perdue Farms and Mississippi-based Sanderson Farms, filed suit claiming Tyson’s advertising was misleading. Tyson appealed the ruling, but a federal appeals court in Virginia denied a motion to stay the order. The Arkansas-based company operates Alabama poultry processing plants in Albertville and Blountsville. It will be interesting to see how the litigation – if it continues, now that the ads have been pulled – will turn out.
Source: Associated Press
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