BEACON TRANSCRIPT – An online e-mail campaign urges Mc Donald’s to expand the antibiotic use ban to a global level. Experts fear that treating livestock with human antibiotics is going to give rise to a superbug that’s resistant to most drugs currently available on the medical market.
The charity behind the campaign is called “ShareAction” and it aims to convince customers to e-mail Steve Easterbrook, Mc Donald’s chief executive.
Last week, the chain of restaurants issued a press release acknowledging the antibiotic problem and pointing out that it stopped using poultry treated with human antibiotics. However, this only happened across America, while the rest of fast foods around the world continue to serve products that come from animals that have previously been treated with human antibiotics.
ShareAction wants Mc Donald’s to bin its use of chicken, pork, dairy and beef treated with antibiotics, in all of its restaurants, across the world.
Health officials believe that the day-to-day use of antibiotics in farm animals, to achieve growth and prevent (instead of treating) illness leads to drug resistance and even kills 23,000 Americans a year. It is said to represent a major threat to public health, globally.
Fast foods came under pressure to bring about changes in the industry, by improving their practices. A shocking 70 percent of the antibiotics used in the United States are given to livestock. In the United Kingdom, the figure is above 50 percent, according to ShareAction.
The charity hopes that the email campaign is going to convince Mc Donald’s and rivals to make essential changes in the way they process their food.
Mc Donald’s officials pointed out that it was too early to think of a clear objective of banning the use of all meat and milk products which come from animals which have been given antibiotics.
The company also referred to different regulations around the world, which can sometimes slow down the process of improving the food quality, but it also revealed it continues to review the issue.
KFC and Wendy’s have decided to put limits on the use of human antibiotics by next year, respectively to stop using antibiotic-fed chicken by 2017 and to set dates for improving food quality for beef and pork.
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