Organic Consumers Association

Tell Sanderson Farms to End the Reckless Use of Antibiotics in its Poultry Factory Farms!

If you’re one of the two million people who suffered from an antibiotic-resistant infection in the past 12 months, Joe Sanderson, CEO of one of the four largest chicken factory farms in the U.S.—Sanderson Farms—has this to say about that:

“There’s no reliable science that says by using these [government] approved antibiotics, that there is going to be any resistance. We have a duty to take care of the animals.”

No reliable science. Except, for starters, a 2013 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control revealing that 23,000 people in the U.S. alone die every year from antibiotic-resistant infections. And a 2015 report commissioned by the UK government estimating that by 2050, the annual global death toll from antibiotic resistant disease will reach 10 million, and the global cost for treatment will be around $100 trillion. 

TAKE ACTION: Tell Sanderson Farms to end the reckless use of antibiotics in its poultry factory farms!

After you sign the alert, please also fill out Sanderson’s customer service form. Then call the company at 1-800-844-4030, and/or write a letter to: Sanderson Farms, Attn: Lampkin Butts, President, PO Box 988, Laurel, MS 39441. And don’t forget to post a comment on Facebook

You may not recognize the Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ: SAFM) brand name, unless you live in certain regions of the country, especially the Northeast and Southeast. That’s where the brand is sold in retail chains like Shaws, Star Markets, Walmart, Lowe's and Piggly Wiggly’s. (The company website says the brand is sold at 134 locations in 24 states).

But that doesn’t mean you, or your kids, haven’t consumed Sanderson’s chicken “products.” 

According to the company website, Laurel, Miss.-based Sanderson processes about 3.6 billion pounds of chicken annually, at 11 processing plants in Mississippi, Texas, Georgia and Louisiana.

A lot of that chicken ends up in the more than 100 processed and prepared frozen food items Sanderson sells to restaurants and institutional food service companies, including those that sell food to schools and hospitals.

Sanderson likes to brag that its chicken is “100% natural,” “100% American”  and that the company is “100% committed” to the “best service in the industry.”

What the website doesn’t tell you is that Sanderson is 100% committed to the over-use of antibiotics. And a100% failure when it comes to how the company treats workers, according to a 2015 report by Oxfam America.

Let’s be clear. There’s nothing good about Sanderson Farms, or any other factory farm that tortures animals, abuses workers, pumps birds full of antibiotics, pollutes communities and contributes to the degenerative industrial agriculture system.

But even if you don’t intentionally purchase Sanderson chicken, or even unintentionally eat it at a school cafeteria, hospital or restaurant, the over-use of antibiotics is everyone’s problem. Because sooner or later, you, or a family member, will come down with an infection that can’t be treated because the bug that caused it has evolved into an antibiotic-resistant “superbug.” 

The top four players in the U.S. poultry market, which include Sanderson, Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s and Perdue, control about 60 percent of the market. CEO Joe Sanderson was compensated to the tune of $5.9 million in 2014, a nearly 200-percent increase since 2011, according to salary.com.

Such big numbers make Joe Sanderson and Sanderson Farms look mighty successful, financially. But that success comes at a high cost—to millions of people who get sick, or worse, every year because of the reckless over-use of antibiotics on factory farms.

Subject: Change Sanderson Farms' Antibiotic Policies!