Consumers International and its Members are calling on multinational restaurant chains, including McDonald’s, KFC and Subway, to get #AntibioticsOffTheMenu.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest health threats facing the world today. Without urgent action, antibiotics will no longer be able to fight commonplace illnesses and infections. Overconsumption of existing antibiotics, along with a shortage of new antibiotics, has sped up the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Around half of the antibiotics produced globally are used in agriculture. Often these antibiotics are not used to treat sick animals, but are used routinely in industrial agriculture for growth promotion, feed efficiency and disease prevention.
That is why we are calling for these multinational restaurant chains to make global time-bound commitments to end the routine use of antibiotics important for human medicine across all meat and poultry supply chains.