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Are Restaurant Chains Reducing the Use of Antibiotics in their Menu Items?

Are Restaurant Chains Reducing the Use of Antibiotics in their Menu Items?

The majority of restaurant chains, including Wendy's and Olive Garden, have no plans to source antibiotic free meat, even though consumer demand is increasing

According to a report released this week, 20 out of 25 restaurant chains have no plans to curb antibiotic use in their meat supply. These restaurants include Wendy's, Olive Garden, and many more.

The upside of the news though, is that some big food companies including McDonald's, Tyson Meats, Chipotle, Panera, Chick-fil-A, and Dunkin Donuts have pledged to regulate antiobiotic use in their offerings. Panera and Chipotle received the only two “A” grades from the study. The study grades all 25 in the graphic above.

"While Starbucks has made positive statements supporting what it terms as 'responsible use of antibiotics to support animal health,' to our knowledge the company has failed to adopt a clear policy prohibiting routine use of antibiotics in its meat and poultry supply chains or to provide detailed public information on their purchasing practices," reports the study. "Starbucks did not respond to our survey".

The joint study “Chain Reaction,” was compiled by reliable organizations and consumer groups like NRDC, Friends of the Earth and Center for Food Safety. Check out the whole study at the link below.

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