McDonald's Pursues Antibiotics Reduction Policy

McDonald's Pursues Antibiotics Reduction Policy

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July 29, 2019
NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFD-TV) 

Last year, America’s largest purchaser of beef, McDonald’s, announced they were looking to reduce the use of antibiotics among their beef suppliers. As the National Institute for Animal Agriculture reports, the fast food giant reports that it worked with both ranchers and veterinarians to develop standards that strike a balance between animal care and responsible antibiotics use that helps preserve the effectiveness for both humans and cattle.

As Ernie Meier, Director of Quality Systems, US Supply Chain Management for McDonald’s explains, “We’ve revised our vision for antimicrobial stewardship, which really talks about our vision for how antimicrobials should be handled in the future. It defines our three “R”s: Refine, Replace, and Reduce.”

McDonald’s plans to measure current use of antibiotics across its diverse global supply chain, and, based on those findings, will establish specific reduction targets by the end of next year. US farmers and ranchers have a jump start on the effort, and the FDA reports that industry-wide practices to improve antibiotics use have paid off, citing a 33% decrease from 2016 to 2017 in domestic sales and distribution of all medically important antibiotics used in food and animal production – an indication of good stewardship.

Watch the video above and visit NIAA to find out more.

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