Chick-fil-A using antibiotic-free chicken, just the beginning?

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Tampa, Florida-- On any given night, at the Chick-Fil-A on 4th Street in St. Petersburg, the drive through line is wrapped around the building. 

Upon hearing the latest news of the restaurant chain phasing out antibiotics in it's chicken over the next five years, customers seem pleased.

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"I'll start buying it. I usually don't order it, [but] now that they're doing that, I'll add it to my salads.

According to some doctors, eating meats with antibiotics can trigger a host of health problems.

"It disrupts your whole gastrointestinal system. That can throw off immunity, and a multitude of digestive issues. It makes you more prone to infections, and you're getting more antibiotic resistance," explained Shilpa Saxena, a doctor with the SevaMed Institute in Tampa.

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Saxena believes the changes made by the chain are positive, but there's still a long way to go.

"We shouldn't be happy if one hormone is removed or one antibiotic is removed," she said.

Food blogger, Vani Hari of the website is credited with helping be the catalyst for Chick-Fil-A's decision.

"I had been blogging about the company for years, and in 2012 I was finally invited to Chick-Fil-A headquarters to start consulting on healthy ingredient changes," said Hari.

Hari says the decision to remove antibiotics is just the beginning of a bigger trend in American's shift in thinking about their food. 


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She believes it's up to the public to speak out.

"It's going to set a precedent for other chains to finally wake up.  It puts them on notice. All the McDonald's, Wendy's and Subways to [eventually] serve chicken without antibiotics."

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