Cargill brands going antibiotic free
Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White turkey are the new stars of this summer's cookouts now that ground turkey, turkey brats and sausages, tenderloins and other fresh turkey products are available from turkeys raised by independent farmers without growth-promoting antibiotics at a price comparable to the same products from conventionally raised turkeys.
"Turkey is a lean, delicious and nutritious addition to traditional summer grilling foods such as hot dogs and burgers," said Jan Hood, marketing lead for Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White. "Beyond the nutritional benefits of turkey, our turkeys are raised with the utmost care by independent family farmers so people can feel good about serving these products at their summer events."
Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White were able to remove antibiotics used for growth promotion on a large scale due to the commitment of more than 700 independent farmers who raise turkeys for the company.
“We know many families are trying to make better-informed choices at the grocery store, including the 52 percent trying to eat more healthful, leaner cuts of meat. Yet, some of these products come at a price that isn't always affordable in a weekly grocery budget,” Hood explained. "People should have access to affordable quality food, so we are offering our premium turkey products, produced from turkeys raised without growth-promoting antibiotics, without a premium price."
To find the ideal Shady Brook Farms or Honeysuckle White turkey product for summer events, shoppers should look for the USDA Process Verified Program seal stating these products are made from turkeys raised:
- With no antibiotics used for growth promotion (antibiotics only used for treatment and prevention of illness)
- By independent farmers
- By producers trained on animal handling practices
Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White began offering USDA Process Verified Program fresh whole turkeys and fresh turkey breasts during the 2014 holiday season. Now, the USDA Process Verified Program has been expanded to include fresh turkey products for quick, weeknight dinners and summer grilling. Shady Brook Farms turkey products will also showcase new packaging that will be in grocery stores this summer.