Myths / Q&A
1. Introduction Astral considers as paramount, the safety of the chicken meat we produce and sell. Many of our customers have expressed concern about the alleged injection of chickens with hormones supposedly to stimulate rapid growth. This is based on their belief that there may be residual hormones in the chicken meat which will have adverse health effects, such as breast cancer and/or uterine cysts in women. However, there are no hormones registered for use in chicken farming for application through injection or feed or any other means, in South Africa. Furthermore, Astral processes about 3.9 million broilers per week which would make the injection of individual chickens with hormones practically impossible!