Turkey farmers are responsible for the health and welfare of their birds and for providing safe, high quality food for consumers. 

If medication must be used, a strict withdrawal period is required before any bird can be marketed, ensuring there are no medication residues in the final product. All antibiotics are evaluated by the Veterinary Drugs Directorate of Health Canada, and there is significant veterinary oversight within the turkey industry, ensuring medications are only used when appropriate.

Antimicrobial Use (AMU) Strategy

Turkey Farmers of Canada supports the responsible use of antibiotics in animal production and human medicine, and is part of a number of initiatives that monitor, control, and reduce the use of antibiotics in turkey production. TFC has developed an antimicrobial use (AMU) strategy with other industry stakeholders, including; the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada, the Canadian Hatchery Federation, the Canadian Hatching Egg Producers, Chicken Farmers of Canada, the Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council, and the Canadian Association of Poultry Veterinarians.

The strategy aims to:

  • Define antibiotic use and analyse resistance rates.
  • Ensure effective control of antibiotic use in Canada.
  • Promote best management practices and methods of reducing use on farm.
  • Educate all stakeholders in resistance issues and best practices.
  • Further research and investigate alternative products and reduction practices.

In 2013, the Canadian poultry industry also initiated a policy to eliminate the preventive use of Category I antibiotics, which are those defined as most important to human medicine. The policy came into effect in May 2014.

To learn more about the strategy and the Canadian poultry sector’s proactive approach to monitoring, controlling, and reducing the use of antibiotics, download our brochure RESPONSIBLE ANTIMICROBIAL USE IN THE CANADIAN CHICKEN AND TURKEY SECTORS.