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Cargill brands offer more natural thanksgiving turkeys

Two of Cargill’s brands, Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White, are offering fresh, whole turkeys and fresh, bone-in turkey breasts raised without growth-promoting antibiotics.

By working with more than 700 independent farmers to raise the turkeys, Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White are the first major turkey brands to implement a change like this on a large scale. Plus the price tag will be comparable to conventionally raised turkeys.

"We believe that good food should be accessible to everyone. That's why we are making our fresh turkeys raised without growth-promoting antibiotics at a price comparable to conventionally-raised turkeys," said Jan Hood, marketing leader for Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White turkey.

The move has been in the works for more than a year. In July this year, the two brands officially announced they were removing growth-promoting antibiotics from turkey flocks. Additional items will be available in 2015.

Consumers looking for fresh turkeys from Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White raised without growth-promoting antibiotics should look for the USDA Process Verified seal stating:

  • Raised by independent farmers
  • Producers are trained on animal handling practices
  • No antibiotics used for growth promotion (antibiotics only used for treatment and prevention of illness.)

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