Pizza Hut vows to phase out antibiotic use in chickens by 2022

Following the healthier trend among the food industry, Pizza Hut plans to eliminate its use of chicken raised on antibiotics, according to Reuters.

"Today's announcement to no longer serve chicken raised with antibiotics by 2022 demonstrates our commitment to serve food that not only tastes great, but that customers can feel good about eating," Marianne Radley, Pizza Hut chief brand officer, said in a company statement.

With the ever-growing antibiotic resistance problem in mind, Pizza Hut's move toward using antibiotic-free chicken is meant to conserve antibiotics for use by humans rather than livestock. It is estimated that 70 percent of all antibiotics meant for human health are sold to the meat and dairy industry instead.

Pizza Hut's announcement follows similar consumer-based decisions by other chains and competitors.

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