In 2013, it extimated that at least two million Americans have been affected by antibiotic-resistant infections and at least 23,000 people died.
“The last time McDonald’s did this, five other fast-food companies made similar announcements,” Steven Roach said. “I would expect to see a similar pattern this time.”
The National Chicken Council said in a statement that the “vast majority” of antibiotics used for disease prevention were never given to humans. “Chicken producers have a vested interest in protecting the effectiveness of antibiotics for the welfare of their animals”said a trade group.”We’ve proactively and voluntarily taken steps toward finding alternative ways to control antibiotic use.”
“I think in a few years, one-third of chicken and turkey will be antibiotic-free,” Richard Kottmeyer said, according to a report on WATTAgNet.com.
Last September, Perdue became the first major USA poultry company to say it is no longer using antibiotics. Chick-fil-A made the same statement a year ago. Panera uses antibiotic-free for more than a decade but for McDonald’s it’s more difficult because of its size.
Mr. Easterbrook , the company’s new chief executive is meeting this week with McDonald’s to present his“Turn around Agenda” that had success in Britain.