Antibiotics: How Does Your Fast Food Rate?
Many people are trying to eat healthier these days—choosing organic foods, cage-free eggs, grass-fed beef, etc. at the grocery store. But what about the food at your favorite chain restaurant? According to a new report, most of these restaurants are still using meat from animals over-treated with antibiotics.
Antibiotics are used in poultry and livestock to help the animals survive and grow more quickly in conditions that are unhealthy, unsanitary, and crowded. But this misuse of these medications contributes to antibiotic resistance—a serious health problem that makes treating bacterial infections more difficult. According to the CDC, more than 2 million Americans contract antibiotic-resistant infections and about 23,000 people die as a result of the infection each year.
A recent report co-authored by a number of organizations shows that, while restaurant chains like Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill are doing a good job offering consumers foods produced without the routine use of antibiotics, most—16 out of the 25 chain restaurants surveyed—are not. Other chains that received a "passing" grade include: Subway, Chick-fil-A, McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and Papa John's.
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