Kenchic Ltd has been recognised by the International Poultry Council (IPC) for being the first African firm to embrace the council’s principles of responsible antimicrobial use.

This recognition highlights Kenchic’s commitment to sustainable practices and responsible poultry production in the wake of high cases of misuse of antibiotics.

The IPC, in collaboration with Transformational Strategies for Farm Output Risk Mitigation (TRANSFORM), a USAID-funded initiative led by Cargill, acknowledged Kenchic alongside eighteen other private-sector organisations.

These organisations endorsed the council’s antimicrobial use stewardship principles, aiming to reduce the reliance on antimicrobials globally and ensure their responsible use when necessary.

“This recognition is a testament to our long-standing commitment to sustainable practices and responsible poultry production. Our goal is to contribute to a safer, healthier food supply chain for our consumers,” said Jim Tozer, managing director Kenchic.

The international leaders recognised by IPC, representing over 30 percent of global broiler production, include entities from Kenya, Brazil, Italy, India, Thailand, Vietnam, and Colombia.

Kenchic’s dedication aligns with the efforts of the Ministries of Health and Agriculture through the National Antimicrobial Stewardship Interagency Committee (NASIC).

Jonathan Mueke, Principal Secretary, State Department for Livestock, stressed the significance of coordinated efforts at a national and global level to combat Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

“By leading the way in antimicrobial stewardship, Kenchic sets an example for the entire livestock industry. I encourage other stakeholders to follow suit,” said Mr Mueke.

The company’s growth, evolving from a producer of day-old chicks in 1984 to a top supplier of processed chicken products in Africa, is rooted in principles emphasising animal welfare, food safety, productivity, and consumer preferences.

Annie Kneedler, Chief of Party at USAID TRANSFORM Cargill, commended Kenchic’s commitment. “Their dedication to sustainable practices and food safety aligns with the objectives of the TRANSFORM Cargill program,” she said.

Kenchic’s recognition by the International Poultry Council is a major boost to the firm in delivering high-quality products while surpassing international and national standards, particularly in antimicrobial usage practices.