Antibiotics: Your Questions Answered

Turkeys, like any other living creatures, can sometimes become sick. Medication, approved by Health Canada, is given when necessary to prevent and treat infections, and is administered under the supervision of a veterinarian. If medication must be used to care for sick birds, a withdrawal period is required before any bird can be marketed.

The farmer is responsible for documentation from the first day of medication use until the last day of use. He or she must also sign a record stating that the correct withdrawal time has taken place and report this to the processor.

Through poultry inspection programs, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) monitors and tests to help ensure turkey farmers follow the rules and that consumers receive a safe, wholesome product.