Antibiotics

The Big Mac Can Make A Big Dent In Stopping Antibiotic Overuse

By | Matt Wellington
Director, Campaigns To Stop The Overuse of Antibiotics & End The Nicotine Trap

We shouldn’t be raising food in ways that put tens of thousands of people’s lives at risk — that’s why we’re getting commitments from major restaurant chains to stop serving meat raised on routine antibiotics.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Public Health, Antibiotics, Food

New Campaign Calls On McDonald’s To Hold The Antibiotics From Their Meat Supply Chain

The consumer and public health advocacy organization U.S. PIRG Education Fund is calling on McDonald’s to commit to a concrete timeline to phase out the routine use of medically important antibiotics in its beef and pork supply chains.

The Grades Are In on Antibiotics: More Top U.S. Restaurants Receive Passing Grades This Year

By | Matt Wellington
Director, Campaigns To Stop The Overuse of Antibiotics & End The Nicotine Trap

More than half of the top 25 restaurant chains (14 to be exact) in the U.S. have taken some action to restrict the routine use of antibiotics in their meat supply chains, up from 9 just one year ago. Combined, these fourteen restaurants account for a whopping two-thirds of all fast food industry revenue.

McDonald’s Should go Whole Hog in Preserving Antibiotics

By | Shelby Luce
Hold the Antibiotics: McDonald's, Associate and Coordinator

According to McDonald’s senior director of U.S food and packaging, Americans alone consume one billion pounds of beef at McDonald’s in a year. The fast food giant sells more than 75 hamburgers a second. It’s time for one of the world’s largest purveyors of beef and pork to set time-bound targets for eliminating routine use of all medically important antibiotics from their meat supply chain.

News Release | Public Health, Antibiotics

McDonald’s Changes Meat Supply Guidelines to Stem Spread of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

In response to the health risks posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, McDonald’s has announced it is implementing new targets for cutting antibiotic use in the global chicken supply, and plans to expand its commitment to fewer antibiotics in pork and beef.

Burger King Takes Action on Antibiotics, Sanderson Farms Takes a Back Seat

By | Matt Wellington
Director, Campaigns To Stop The Overuse of Antibiotics & End The Nicotine Trap

Last week another major restaurant took action to protect antibiotics, and a major laggard in the meat industry received a much-needed reality check.

News Release | Public Health, Antibiotics

Maryland’s Keep Antibiotics Effective Act Goes Into Law without Governor’s Signature

The Keep Antibiotics Effective Act has gone into law without a signature from Governor Larry Hogan, making Maryland the second state in the country after California to meaningfully address the widespread misuse of antibiotics in livestock and poultry. The new law will prohibit the routine use of antibiotics on animals that are not sick, a practice public health experts say can fuel the spread of drug resistant bacteria.

KFC Commits to Protect Antibiotics — A Major Victory for Consumers and Our Health

By | Matt Wellington
Director, Campaigns To Stop The Overuse of Antibiotics & End The Nicotine Trap

Even in the best of times, positive social change can be hard to come by. That is why the latest victory for consumers and our health is such welcome news.

McDonald’s Fresh Quarter Pounder: Let’s Go Further

By | Steve Blackledge
Public Health Program Director

Yesterday, McDonald's announced a plan to boost the sales of the Quarter Pounder — using fresh beef instead of frozen patties. To the marketing team at McDonald's, here's an idea from your old playbook: commit to using beef and pork that's raised without the routine use of antibiotics.

US, European Consumer Groups Holding Public Events In DC This Week

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

The PIRG-backed TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (tacd.org) -- a forum to ensure that trade policies serve consumers -- holds its 17th Annual Meeting in Washington on Tuesday 21 March. The public main event is titled: "A consumer agenda for transatlantic markets: safeguarding protections and making progress in times of political change." On Wednesday, the group sponsors two public side events: (1) Consumer Health, Consumer Action and Antimicrobial Resistance and (2) Empowering and Protecting Youth in the Big Data Era.

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