McDonald's Corp Shareholders To Push For Antibiotic Reduction In All Meat Products

Scientists are warning people that we are all rapidly approaching the “post-antibiotic era." As antibiotics are overused nowadays, people are becoming immune to bacteria. It’s downright dangerous, experts say. But unfortunately, McDonald’s, are feeding people meat with antibiotics.

McDonald’s has been under public pressure to change its supply chain before. A shareholder of McDonald’s Corporation keep on telling the company to stop contributing to antibiotic resistance by cutting the use of medically important antibiotics in its global beef, pork and poultry supply chains.

McDonald's Corp Shareholders To Push For Antibiotic Reduction

After losing unhappy customers due to antibiotics in its chicken supply, McDonald’s cleaned up its menu in its U.S. restaurants and banned chicken raised on antibiotics that are important to human medicine. This shows that change is possible -- but it won’t happen without public pressure.

According to Reuters, a McDonald's Corp shareholder is redoubling its efforts to convince the American hamburger and fast food restaurant chains all over the world to stop from serving the meat of animals raised with antibiotics that are vital for fighting human infections.

"Antimicrobial use in food animals is an issue that impacts people and animals. Global organizations like McDonald's Corporation need to pay attention to it. We have maintained a global policy on antibiotic use in food animals since 2003," from Macdonald's newsroom site.

Additional to that, it also says that McDonald’s has been working closely with farmers for years to reduce the use of antibiotics in our supply, thus we are able to commit today to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine in chicken production for McDonald’s USA by March 2017.

Antibiotic Effects To Human

Antibiotics must be used responsibly in both humans and animals because both uses help bring about the development, persistence, and spread of resistant bacteria. Antibiotic resistance is one of the world's most pressing public health problems, according to CDC.

Illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics are becoming more difficult to cure. Infections from common antibiotic-resistant foodborne bacteria, such as Salmonella, can cause more severe health outcomes than infections with bacteria that are not resistant to antibiotics.

 

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