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Chick-fil-A announced in an update shared Thursday that it would switch from antibiotic-free chicken starting this spring, citing supply reasons.

“To maintain the supply of the high-quality chicken you expect from us, Chick-fil-A will transition from No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) to No Antibiotics Important for Human Medicine (NAIHM) beginning in the spring of 2024,” the announcement said. . .

No specific deadline has yet been announced for the rollout of the change.

According to the Chick-fil-A website, NAE means that no antibiotics of any kind were used in raising the animal, while NAIHM “limits the use of those antibiotics that are important to human medicine and are often used to treat humans, and allows the use of animal antibiotics only if the animal and its environment would become ill.”

Chick-fil-A had previously switched to antibiotic-free chicken in 2014 and ultimately achieved its goal of serving antibiotic-free chicken in all restaurant chains by 2019.

Chick-fil-a will no longer serve antibiotic-free chicken in its stores. Tamara Beckwith/NY Post

“As we looked to the future, the availability of high-quality chicken that met our exacting standards became a concern. This change allows us to ensure that we not only continue to serve high-quality chicken, but chicken that still meets the expectations our customers expect from us,” a Chick-fil-A spokesperson said. to Fox News Digital in a statement.

According to Reuters, the announcement was also sent to app users.

Panera Bread also recently switched from its antibiotic-free policy for its pork and turkey products, writing that the policy limits supply chain options, according to documents obtained by Reuters.

Tyson Foods announced last summer that it would also reintroduce certain antibiotics into its chicken supply chain, after previously going antibiotic-free in 2017.

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