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Chicken delivered to Miami-Dade schools to follow new standard

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The Urban School Food Alliance announced Tuesday an antibiotic-free standard to be followed for companies when supplying chicken to Miami-Dade schools.

The Alliance, a coalition of school districts in the U.S. that include New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Orlando, said they are aiming to drive down costs while setting higher standards for the quality of food served in its schools.

"The standards we're asking from the manufacturers go above and beyond the quality of the chicken we normally purchase at local supermarkets," said Urban School Food Alliance Chairman Eric Goldstein. "This move by the Alliance shows that school food directors across the country truly care about the health and wellness of students."

The Alliance said they focused their action on chicken because it's one of the most popular items served in cafeterias across the country.

The Alliance will now require that all chicken be produced under a USDA Process Verified Program that includes:

  • No animal by-products in the feed
  • Raised on an all-vegetarian diet
  • Humanely raised as outlined in the National Chicken Council Animal Welfare Guidelines
  • No antibiotics ever