Myths / Q&A

Various Myths

Question) Do chickens grow so fast because they are injected with growth hormones?

Answer) No, definitely not!
No chicken produced by any of Astral's poultry operations are injected, fed or in any way whatsoever subjected to hormones. In order to obtain the desired growth and weight targets, a perfect combination of superior genetics, scientific nutrition and best farming practices are ethically applied. Be assured, eating our chicken products is perfectly safe for you!

Question) Are all chickens injected with water before being sold?

Answer) No, not entirely true!
Our fresh chicken, never frozen, is 100% natural. In fact, excess moisture is removed from fresh chicken through an air chilling process before being packed.

However, we do flavour enhance IQF frozen portions (Individually Quick Frozen) with a water based brine, to improve meat tenderness and succulence by means of a scientifically applied injection method.

Question) Are chickens restricted from movement by being kept in small wire cages?

Answer) Not true at all!
In Astral, our chickens are raised in large poultry sheds designed to keep them as comfortable as possible. The disinfected floors are bedded with wood shavings, sunflower husks or wheat straw which allows them to scratch and move around as they please. Our chickens also have unrestricted access to light, clean water and nutritious feed 24 hours a day.

Question) Are chickens reared on a diet of maize only?

Answer) No, only approximately half of the ration is maize!
Maize, the main energy source in a chicken's diet, comprises approximately 50% of the feed ration. In addition, specially formulated protein ingredients, together with key vitamins and minerals, are added to create the perfect balanced diet and is fed to our chickens in the form of easily digested crumbles or pellets.

Question) Do antibiotics administered to chickens remain in the meat and are they dangerous to our health?

Answer) No, not entirely true!
Antibiotics are administered to our chickens when necessary through feed intake and under the strict guidance of a registered veterinary practitioner. Any incidental antibiotic residues are well within the legislated maximum residual levels (MRL). Astral's standard practice is to withdraw antibiotics from feed according to the manufacturers' guidelines, at least five days prior to slaughter. Astral additionally tests the livers and muscles of slaughtered chickens through an independent laboratory for traces of antibiotic residues.