PLANO, Texas – Pizza Hut announced on June 19 its commitment to serve chicken raised free of antibiotics that are important to human medicine by 2022.
The pledge includes the company’s subsidiary WingStreet wings. The news comes about a year after Pizza Hut completed its removal of antibiotics necessary to human medicine from chicken used in its pizzas.
“We are dedicated to listening to our customers and to serving better food. 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,” said Marianne Radley, chief brand officer, Pizza Hut. “Our customers are our business, and we will continue to push ourselves to ensure that we are delivering the quality food and quality experience our customers expect and deserve.”
In May 2016, Pizza Hut removed several ingredients from its foods, including meats containing BHA/BHT, artificial preservatives in cheese and chicken meat sourced from animals raised on antibiotics important to human medicine.
Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are preservatives used to prevent oils in foods from oxidizing. The company already removed artificial flavors and colors from its core pizzas in May 2015. Additionally, Pizza Hut removed partially hydrogenated oils and monosodium glutamate (MSG) from the chain’s ingredient list, and 2.5 million lbs. of salt from its ingredients over the last five years.
“The Pizza Hut culinary team has done a terrific job of listening to the voice of the customer and have worked tirelessly to mind emerging health trends while not impacting the great taste that makes our food so special,” Radley said.