Standards in question as global food firms pull back on antibiotics
McDonald’s announced plans for changes in its chicken supply a year ago in the United States and Europe. Subway pledged to serve only meat and poultry raised without antibiotics by 2025 in its US restaurants. Panera Bread, which has served chicken raised without antibiotics since 2004, and Chipotle Mexican Grill, which stepped back from its original “no antibiotics ever” after encountering pork-supply shortfalls, have been chain-restaurant trendsetters.
The moves come in response to a public-health problem — antibiotic-resistant illness in humans has been declared a global crisis by the World Health Organization — as well as increasingly vocal calls from consumers to get antibiotics out of supply chains.
Into the quest for fewer antibiotics in fast food comes Domino’s Pizza Group, the independent British branch of the international pizza-delivery giant. The company last month told the media, in response to a campaign from a group of large investors, that it has stringent limits on antibiotics usage.
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