All turkeys are both hormone and steroid free. No hormones have been approved for use in turkeys. Genetic improvements, better feed formulation and modern management practices have resulted in the larger turkeys in today's market.
FDA approved antibiotics are used at times to help suppress microorganisms, prevent disease and ensure that consumers receive healthy turkey products. A withdrawal period is required after the time the antibiotic is administered and before the turkey can be slaughtered. The FDA sets legal limits for drug residues and the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) randomly samples turkeys for residues. Any raw turkey shown to contain residues above established tolerance levels is condemned.