Have you heard about McDonald’s recent announcement that it will no longer serve poultry raised with human antibiotics? For those who don’t know, antibiotics are commonly used to treat humans with infections and illnesses, including ear infections, pinkeye, strep throat, food poisoning and pneumonia. Furthermore, McDonald’s is one of the largest buyers of chicken in the United States.
Mike Andres, McDonald’s U.S. President, said the following in a statement:
“Our customers want food that they feel great about eating – all the way from the farm to the restaurant – and these moves take a step toward better delivering on those expectations.”
“We will continue to look at our food and menu to deliver the kind of great tasting and quality choices that our customers trust and enjoy.”
Tyson Foods has come out in support of McDonald’s recent decision and has said it will work with the world’s largest restaurant chain to help meet these new standards. It’s important to point out that Tyson Foods has already taken the necessary precautions to reduce the amount of antibiotics used in its meat. Since 2011, Tyson Foods has reduced the use of antibiotics by more than 84 percent.
Costco has also stepped forward, saying it would no longer source poultry and other meats that have been treated with antibiotics, but the question that’s on many people’s minds is, “Why now?” For many folks, this recent announcement only confirmed their suspicions of the quality and safety of the ingredients that are used in McDonald’s food.
McDonald’s To Stop Serving Chicken Treated With Human Antibiotics was originally published on blackdoctor.org