Monday, January 29, 2018

Activists campaign for antibiotic ban

The United States Public Interest Research Group is pressuring McDonald’s restaurant chain to source its pork and beef from farms that use no medically-important antibiotics.

McDonald’s has gone antibiotic-free for chicken and PIRG says 14 of the 25 largest restaurant chains have also done that for chicken.

PIRG says McDonald’s has a vague long-term plan in place but “protecting antibiotics requires action, not reaction.

“If we don’t act now to preserve the effectiveness of these medicines, we’ll face a world in which common infections once again kill,” said Matthew Wellington, antibiotics program director, for PIRG’s Education Fund.

“The Big Mac can make a big dent in stopping the misuse of antibiotics in our food system,” he said.
U.S. PIRG has started a nation-wide petition but so far has only 10,000 signatures.

Restaurants such as Subway, Chipotle and Panera Bread, have made pushes to go antibiotic-free with some or all of their menu items.