The next time you pull up to the drive-thru at your favorite restaurant chain, you should be aware of the recent report done by Chain Reaction V. They analyzed and graded some of the more popular restaurant chains today, with regards to their policies on antibiotic use in their meat.
A staggering number of restaurants received an “F” grade, while only a couple of restaurants out of the (25) analyzed received an “A” grade.
These chains are some of America’s largest meat buyers and can play an instrumental role in pushing meat producers to use antibiotics responsibly.
We should all be aware by now that antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world. New resistance mechanisms are emerging and spreading globally, threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases. A growing list of infections – such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning, gonorrhoea, and food borne diseases – are becoming harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat as antibiotics become less effective. Our human levels of antibiotic resistance has a direct relation to the high consumption of antibiotics in the animals that we eat.
The CDC estimates that, at a minimum, more than two million people are sickened every year with antibiotic-resistant infections in the United States, with at least 23,000 dying as a result
Chain Reaction V is the fifth annual report and scorecard that grades America’s top restaurant chains on their policies and practices regarding antibiotics use and transparency in their meat and poultry supply chains.
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A stunning 70 percent of all antibiotics in the U.S. are sold for use in animal agriculture. These lifesaving drugs are fed routinely to animals that are not sick in order to promote growth and prevent diseases that spread easily in crowded, filthy factory farm conditions. Public health agencies have declared antibiotic resistance a top health threat in the U.S. — and the rampant misuse of antibiotics in livestock production is a major cause.
It is important to note, however, that while some progress has been made, especially in poultry to reduce or even eliminate use of medically important antibiotics.
In addition to Consumer Reports, the Chain Reaction V report was produced by NRDC, the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, Food Animal Concerns Trust, U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Center for Food Safety.
image by chain-reaction-iii-report and theWashingtonpost.