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Sanderson and Merck Caught Deceiving Consumers

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  • Sanderson Farms refuses to stop using antibiotics and claims the antibiotic-free chicken trend is nothing but a marketing ploy devised to justify higher prices
  • Other poultry producers, including Perdue, have committed to eliminating or reducing the use of antibiotics
  • Merck, which produces a pesticide called Slice used to kill sea lice in farmed fish, was involved in a cover up of a study that found the chemical was harming crustaceans

By Dr. Mercola

In May 2016, I urged you to pressure poultry giant Sanderson Farms to come to its senses and join other major poultry producers in taking proactive steps to reduce its antibiotic use. Remarkably, the company not only decided not to reduce its usage but also took the step of going public with its decision to continue using antibiotics, saying the antibiotic-free chicken trend is nothing but a marketing ploy devised to justify higher prices.


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