In a new report from Consumer Reports, some fast food chains are following up on their pledge to limit or eliminate antibiotics.
Many kinds of meat, such as chicken, pork and beef, often contain at least some antibiotics. This is because farmers want their animals to be fatter and grow faster in what is considered by many to be unhealthy conditions. As a result, society has been eating more meat from animals raised with antibiotics in recent decades than ever before.
Here’s a little background on the subject:
Half of fast food restaurants use antibiotics
Shockingly, more than half of the biggest 25 restaurant chains use antibiotics, which has tripled since 2014. But thanks to Consumer Reports, we now know what fast food restaurants are taking the right steps to reduce antibiotics from their food.
Consumer Reports Health Editor Julia Calderone says, “Overuse is a really big threat to public health. It can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and that can make infections in humans really difficult to treat.”
Panera Bread and Chipotle are leading the pack in terms of using meats without antibiotics. Almost all of the animals they derive their meat from are raised antibiotic-free.
In fact, Chipotle has a very strong stance on this position. The message has been used in several of advertising and promotional pieces, as seen below.
Other restaurants still use antibiotics
A little lower down the scale, Chick-Fil-A and Wendy’s earned B’s in terms of antibiotic usage. McDonalds claims that their chicken is raised without antibiotics, but they have made no progress on their beef and pork products.
Outside of the fast food realm, some popular other restaurants have been even slower to make the adjustment. According to the report, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Applebee’s, Chili’s and Dairy Queen have no policies at all when it comes to antibiotic usage.
Social media users have chimed in on the subject:
Another reason to go veggie! It’s terrifying the way we overuse antibiotics, both in food production and ourselves. So many people demand them from Dr for colds where they just don’t work! https://t.co/2WAHUJIEZb
— Katharine Blacklaws (@Lucky_Black_Kat) January 16, 2018
did you know that around 80% of all antibiotics made are not consumed by humans, but are fed to food-chain animals? Disgusting #health
— The Gut Guru (@theguruofgut) January 16, 2018
“We’re definitely noticing a shift. Consumers are becoming more aware of the potential dangers of overusing antibiotics,” Calderone said.
What are your thoughts on this new report? Will you be more conscious about eating foods raised with antibiotics? Let us know!
— PJ Amirata