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Tell these fast food chains: Stop serving antibiotic-raised chicken

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Tell Subway, Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and KFC:

"Treating animals with human antibiotics increases antibiotic resistance and makes these drugs less effective in treating human disease and saving lives. Stop serving chicken that has been treated with antibiotics that are used in humans."

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    Tell these fast food chains: Stop serving antibiotic-raised chicken

    The use of human antibiotics in animals constitutes a public health hazard: It promotes antibiotic resistance, making these drugs much less effective at treating human diseases and saving lives.1

    Now, according to a recent announcement, even McDonald’s plans to stop using chickens that have been treated with antibiotics that are used in humans.

    But other top fast food chains, including Subway, Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and KFC, have not yet committed to stop using these chickens in their products.

    Tell these fast food chains: Stop serving antibiotic-raised chicken.

    The McDonald’s announcement is long overdue. Other fast food chains like Chipotle, Chick-Fil-A, and Panera Bread have already committed to not using chickens treated with human antibiotics.

    But despite public outcry, the use of human antibiotics in livestock is still prevalent. These drugs are routinely used for animal husbandry, disease prevention, and growth promotion. And in each case, their use provides opportunity for bacteria to develop resistance. These bacteria can then go on to infect humans, leaving us with fewer options to successfully fight infections.2

    According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least two million Americans per year become ill from antibiotic-resistant infections, and at least 23,000 die from them.3

    It’s outrageous that major fast food chains like Subway, Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and KFC continue to use these animals in the face of the clearly established health risk they pose. Other restaurants have shown that it’s possible to eliminate this practice and still do business. It’s time to call them out.

    Tell these fast food chains: Stop serving antibiotic-raised chicken.

    Thank you for your activism.

    1. "CDC: Antibiotic Use in Food-Producing Animals"

    2. "FDA: Antimicrobial Resistance"

    3. "CDC: Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013"