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Fast Food Antibiotic Scores

Discussion in 'Area Restaurants, Dining and Food' started by KTdid, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

    Jun 14, 2006
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    Today, Center for Food Safety, Consumers Union, Friends of the Earth and others released the 2nd annual Chain Reaction report1 ranking the top 25 U.S. restaurant chains on their antibiotics policies.

    Conservatively, at least two million Americans are infected with antibiotic-resistant infections every year, and at least 23,000 die as a direct result, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earlier this year, scientists discovered an easily shared gene that allows bacteria to resist colistin—an antibiotic used as a last-resort when all other antibiotics fail—in the United States for the first time, raising the spectre of a kind of super-superbug resistant to every life-saving antibiotic available.


    Antibiotic resistance is a global health crisis, driven largely by overuse and misuse of antibiotics. In fact, the United Nations will meet tomorrow to discuss the issue and commit to specific actions. But, political conversations too often focus on identifying ways to reduce overuse of antibiotics in human health. There is significantly less willingness to tackle their overuse in animals raised for food, despite the fact that roughly 80 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used on farm animals. That is why activists and consumers have rallied together to engage the restaurant industry and encourage companies to reduce the use of antibiotics in their supply chains.

    Since last year, Subway, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and Papa John’s have all announced some commitment to address routine use of antibiotics. A few have even begun putting their new policies into action. McDonald’s, who in 2015 announced plans to eliminate routine use of medically-important antibiotics in their chicken, converted 100% of their chicken supply to comply with their policy this year.

    But, aside from the two pioneers, Panera and Chipotle, the few companies that have acted to date have made commitments or taken steps that apply only to their chicken supply. Similar initiatives have yet to develop for beef, pork, or turkey.

    All in all, 9 companies received passing grades this year, compared to 4 in last year’s report. That still leaves 16 companies that have taken no public action to date to address antibiotics use by their meat and poultry suppliers.

  2. Marge

    Marge New Member

    Nov 22, 2016
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    LOL Chipotle gets an A?

    Maybe a few antibiotics would stop them from their frequent food poisoning events....
  3. James_B

    James_B Member

    Mar 31, 2010
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    Meat was not the issue in their case. Jack in the Box has killed people with tainted meat before FYI.

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