Fred99:ahmad:Geektastic:Fred99: That's typical - and they all do it.
A trickier trick that they do is with frozen chickens where they actually will have a worthwhile special with a big notice behind the freezer bin stating "Tegal No, 16 Chickens $7.99" . The freezer bin will have a mix of #16 and #14 chickens in it, and the #14 chooks will be about $13.99 each - that price will be displayed on a little tag. If you sit back and watch - many people don't look and bung the first chicken they pull out of the bin in their trolley. This should cause problems at the checkout - if people notice when they get scanned or check their bill. But no - as the type of person who check their receipt and keep an eye open as goods are being scanned, are also very careful about checking prices of things before they out them in the trolley.
Slightly aside, but why are all the chickens in NZ so small?
We thought they must be sparrows or something when we first moved here - UK chickens are sized differently using less silly numbers (1 - 10 rather than 1-100 or whatever they use here!) and we think an average UK supermarket chicken would be about a size 22 here, which you hardly ever see.
We don't use antibiotics in their rearing
That might seem to be the official policy, but it's far from the reality.
They do use zinc bacitracin in NZ, routinely, for pigs as well as chickens.
Here's the poultry industry statement - you need to read this twice - because it's so ambiguously worded, some people might think it's saying "no - we don't use this stuff".
Bottom line is of course they use it, it increases feed conversion ratios significantly, even if there's no outbreak of acute disease in the flock it's used as a "prophylactic". So when is prophylaxis "needed"? Well all of the time if you want to turn a profit.
Argument for it's use is that it's not an antibiotic commonly used in humans, and it stays in the gut of the animal.
Interesting. I'm not surprised though.