McDonald’s to cut Antibiotics

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CBJ — McDonald’s has announced a plan for a phased reduction of antibiotics in beef, expanding a health-oriented reform to a new meat source other than chicken.

The fast-food giant described a three-stage process where it would first undertake a study of its top 10 beef sourcing markets of current antibiotic use in livestock and by 2020 establish reduction targets.

Starting in 2020, McDonald’s will begin reporting progress against antibiotic reduction targets.

McDonald’s, Walmart, Tyson Foods and others have already announced plans to restrict or phase out antibiotic use in chickens.

Of all the medically important antibiotics sold to the livestock industry 43% go to the beef industry, compared to only 6% for chicken.