Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 08:46
No Plofkip On Hospital Menu
More and more Dutch hospitals remove ‘plofkip’ from te menu. Three large regional hospitals did already change to different style ckicken, six wil soon change to chicken with on the label one or two Better Life stars. This was reported by Wakker Dier. ‘Plofkip’ is a chicken who is administered a lot of antibiotics. By eating these animals, people also take these medicines in and because of that there are more resistant bacteria. This can be a threat to public health. A ‘plofkip’ is a chicken, which for the quality of its meat, has to grow as quick as possible in an as short as possible time. In six weeks only they will reach the weight of 2.2 kg, while a ‘normal’ chicken takes 14 weeks to reach that weight. Because of their quick growth the animal suffers all kind of physical discomforts. By administering them antibiotics these discomforts should be suppressed. A chicken with one star of Beter Leven gets 80 percent less antibiotics than a plofkip. The first hospitals who are serving chcken with one Beter Leven star are the HagaZiekenhuis in The Hague, the Reinier de Graaf Ziekenhuis in Delft and the Medisch Spectrum Twente. Many hospitals in Amsterdam, Apeldoorn and Nijmegen will follow. The Westfriesgasthuis in Hoorn wil even go for chicken with two Beter Leven stars.