You won’t believe which one is at the bottom of the barrel …
(Michael Nedelman, CNN) A new report grades the 25 largest US fast food chains on antibiotics in our food.
“These drugs have historically been given to animals that are not sick, to accelerate weight gain and prevent disease in crowded and unsanitary industrial farming conditions,” wrote the authors, who come from six public interest groups including Consumers Union and the Center for Food Safety.
Experts worry this practice promotes the development of “superbugs.”
“If we don’t rein in this pattern of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, what we will see is half a century of medical progress reversed,” said Lena Brook, a food policy advocate with the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Who passed, and who didn’t?
Only two As were awarded. Chipotle and Panera stand above the rest by making sure that pork, beef, and chicken are all raised without antibiotics.
The credit for most improved goes to KFC, which jumped from an F last year to a B- after committing to phase antibiotics out by the end of 2018.
Subway earned a B+ for curtailing antibiotics in poultry. However, its plan to do the same with pork and beef is far off in the future.
Earning Bs and Cs were Wendy’s, Taco Bell and Chick-fil-A. All have made moves to reduce antibiotics in their chicken.
McDonald’s earned a C+. The company failed to give a timeline for reducing antibiotics pork and beef.
Pizza Hut “made a token effort,” receiving a D+. Starbucks earned the same.
Earning a D were Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jack in the Box, and Papa John’s, which promised to “limit” antibiotic use in chicken. However, their plans were unclear on specifics.
Sadly, the one grade earned by the most companies was F.
Companies scoring an F are: Applebee’s, Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s, Cracker Barrel, Domino’s, DQ, IHOP, Little Caesar’s, Olive Garden, and Sonic. READ THE FULL REPORT AT CNN.COM. Also of interest: We Got Dr. Oz to Reveal the Top 25 Foods from His New Book