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Antibiotics in Meat – How Does Your Favorite Restaurant Score?

Touch the Soil News #496 (feature photo courtesy of Center for Food Safety)

Social protest in the food chain is not only growing, but it is becoming organized. Recently, a number of high-profile non-profits joined forces to produce a report card that grades major restaurant chains on efforts to move to antibiotic free meat in their restaurant chains.

The cooperating organizations include the Natural Resources Defense Council, Consumers Union, Friends of the Earth, Center for Food Safety, Food Animal Concerns Trust and Keep Antibiotics Working. You can download the full report here:

In a nutshell, here are the grades for America’s 25 largest fast food and fast casual restaurant chains:

A Grade:        Panera Bread and Chipotle

B Grade:          Subway and Chick-Fil-A

C+ Grade:        McDonalds

C Grade:          Wendy’s

C- Grade:        Taco Bell

D+ Grade:       Pizza Hut

D Grade:         Papa Johns

F Grade:          Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dunkin Donuts, Sonic, Jack in the Box, Denny’s, Starbucks, Olive Garden, Burger King, Applebee’s, Domino’s Pizza, Chili’s, Little Caesars Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dairy Queen, Arby’s, IHOP


The report called Chain Reaction II is the second year the report has been done. On a positive note, the report says that this year, twice the number of restaurant chains received a passing grade. Of special note, McDonalds was cited for reporting an impressive 100 percent of the chicken served at its roughly 14,000 U.S. restaurants is now raised without antibiotics important in human medicine. Following is a short video on McDonalds’ announcement to go antibiotic-free relative to antibiotics used in human medicine:

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