abc7chicago.com – Some fast food and chain restaurants have boosted their pledge to limit or eliminate antibiotics in the meat they serve.
Consumer Reports takes a look at the restaurants that have taken steps to protect public health and those that haven’t.
More than half of the largest 25 restaurant chains now have antibiotics policies in place. That’s nearly triple what it was back in 2014.
Why is that important? Although antibiotics can be helpful for treating sick animals used for food, they are often overused to prevent disease and to help animals grow faster.
“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,” Consumer Reports Health Editor Julia Calderone said.
All of the progress at chain restaurants is because of changes in chicken policies. “No-antibiotic” beef and pork is still very limited.
So who passed with flying colors?
Panera Bread and Chipotle came out ahead because nearly all of their meat and poultry are raised without antibiotics. Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, Subway and Wendy’s earned B’s and C’s. KFC improved with a B- and McDonald’s pulled in a C+.
Not every food related news headline is going to be comical, some stuff I just want to share because I feel like it’s informative. Here’s one of those articles, everyone should know what their scarfing down and throwing into their bodies.