Tell the Big Restaurant Chains: Restrict the Use of Antibiotics in Your Meat

Photograph courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Program

Did you know that large factory farms that serve restaurants like KFC, Burger King and Dunkin' Donuts regularly give massive amounts of antibiotics to healthy farm animals? Instead of being reserved for treating sick people, antibiotics are used to fatten up cows and chickens and help them survive in factory farm conditions that include overcrowding and practices like tail docking.

The overuse of antibiotics on factory farms is creating resistant bacteria that spread through our food, water and the environment. Scientists have been telling us for years that antibiotic-resistant superbugs are multiplying at an alarming rate, and we know that medicines to treat deadly infections aren't working like they used to. But the big chain restaurants aren't listening and they keep buying their food from these factory farms.

Find out how your favorite chain restaurant is doing with Consumers Union's new antibiotics scorecard and let these companies know that it's time to stop antibiotic abuse!

Responses to "Tell the Big Restaurant Chains: Restrict the Use of Antibiotics in Your Meat"
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  1. Delores

    I never eat meat at fast food restaurants; however it isn't much better at the grocery. Maybe a vegetarian diet? Oh, that's right, pesticides are all over the vegies and fruit.

  2. Sue von Roedern

    I am horrified by what the large agricultural ranches think it is OK to do to our food supply. I also think that it is despicable how our food animals are being cared for. I don't mind eating animals but I don't want them tortured before I eat them !!!!

  3. Dawn

    Please stop buying meat that has been treated with antibiotics

  4. Amy S.

    As Americans are becoming more and more informed,by all media forms,fast food restaurants must realize that customers know all about the use of antibiotics in food items and will need to comply with its demands or lose those customers. Families want to protect their children from harmful chemicals in food and are going organic. So too, many are avoiding antibiotics in their meat.

  5. Amy S.

    As Americans are becoming more and more informed,by all media forms,fast food restaurants must realize that customers know all about the use of antibiotics in food items and will need to comply with its demands or lose those customers. Families want to protect their children from harmful chemicals in food and are going organic. So too, many are avoiding antibiotics in their meat.

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