Antibiotics

Stop The Overuse Of Antibiotics on Factory Farms

Widespread overuse of antibiotics is putting our health at risk. 

McDonald’s needs to honor its promises

By | Matt Wellington
Director, Public Health Campaigns

 U.S. PIRG Education Fund and PIRG’s affiliated mutual fund company Green Century Capital Management, have been pressuring McDonald’s about environmental and public health issues for several years. Now, we’re working to hold McDonald’s accountable to its promises to improve factory farming conditions and reduce antibiotic use in the beef it buys. 

News Release | US PIRG Education Fund | Antibiotics

Thousands Urge McDonald’s to Follow Through on Cutting Antibiotic Use in Its Beef Supply

A broad coalition of public health, animal welfare and food safety groups sent McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski more than 25,000 petition signatures today urging the company to fulfill its 2018 promise to set targets for reducing the use of medically important antibiotics throughout its global beef supply chain.

News Release | US PIRG | Antibiotics

Small decrease in antibiotic sales to meat production is not enough

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new data Tuesday showing that sales of medically important antibiotics approved for use in food-producing animals decreased by three percent between 2019 and 2020.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Antibiotics

Medical professionals urge McDonald’s to reduce antibiotic use in its beef supply chain

More than 130 medical professionals organized by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund sent a letter to McDonald’s Thursday urging the company to meet its 2018 commitment to reduce antibiotic use in its beef supply chain. The coalition delivered the letter at the start of World Antibiotic Awareness Week to stress the urgency of taking action to stop overusing our life-saving medicines in agriculture. Otherwise, the drugs may no longer heal sick people. 

Resource | Antibiotics

Health professionals urge McDonald's to reduce antibiotic use

More than 125 medical professionals sent this letter to McDonald's expressing concern that the company seems to have failed to meet its deadline for setting targets to reduce antibiotc use in its beef supply chains. 

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