Myths / Q&A
Consumers are concerned that antibiotic residues in poultry meat are harmful to their health. In South Africa, legislation stipulates maximum residual levels (MRL) which we at Astral strictly comply with. Simply put, this is about the timeous withdrawal of antibiotics from live chickens prior to slaughter,
in order to comply with regulations.
Internationally, it is an accepted practice in poultry production to administer antibiotics for the control and treatment of specific conditions. This humane practice enhances bird health, reduces stress, pain and suffering. In so doing, the consumer is assured of purchasing a safe, quality product.
In essence, antibiotics are naturally produced by micro-organisms to eliminate
or inhibit growth of other micro-organisms. Micro-organisms occur naturally,
everywhere! That is, in soil, water and in the air, as well as inside of the
body (intestines and urinary tract) and on the outside (skin, feathers, hair,
etc.) of both animals and man.