National Consumers League

NCL praises McDonalds move towards antibiotic-free chicken


March 4, 2015

Contact: Ben Klein, National Consumers League (202) 835-3323,

Washington, DC—The National Consumers League (NCL) welcomes the announcement by McDonald's Corp. that its American restaurants will stop serving chicken raised with antibiotics that are vital to fighting human infections. Reports call this the most aggressive step by a major food company to change chicken producers' practices in the fight against dangerous 'superbugs.' The following can be attributed to NCL's Executive Director Sally Greenberg:

“We are pleased that the world's biggest restaurant chain will discontinue serving chicken raised with human antibiotics within two years.  Antibiotic resistance is a serious public health problem that requires a range of approaches, including the prevention of the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. McDonald’s is a key player in the fast food industry—and in Americans’ eating habits. NCL is on record calling for the reduction and eventual elimination of unnecessary and dangerous use of antibiotics in our food supply. This is an important step forward towards achieving that goal."


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