Friday, March 20, 2015
CTNJ Op-Ed: McDonald’s rejects chicken fed antibiotics
Op-Ed today in CT News Junkie celebrates McDonald’s for refusing to sell food from chickens fed antibiotics. 23,000 Americans die each year from antibiotic-resistant superbug infections. Over use and inappropriate use of antibiotics has led many bacteria to become resistant (superbugs), rendering critical antibiotics useless. Experts are concerned that development of new antibiotics is not keeping up with the rise of superbugs. Up to 70% of antibiotics used in the US go to food-producing animals. Other restaurant chains that have made similar policy changes have benefitted financially. Student leaders, including the Op-Ed authors, who have been driving these policies, are hopeful that this signals a sustained change in markets.