(CNN) – McDonald says it will reduce the use of beef antibiotics worldwide.
Like many others, the restaurant chain uses antibiotics to treat sick animals in its supply chain. According to the World Health Organization, excessive use and misuse of certain antibiotics makes them less effective in treating human diseases.
With a policy announced on Tuesday, McDonald's intends to reduce, but not eliminate, the use of antibiotics for human health in 10 countries from which it receives more than 85% of beef, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Australia
Reduction will not happen immediately. McDonald says there is "limited data on the use of antibiotics available in the global meat industry," and in this month, the company is establishing pilot pilot tests to determine the use of antibiotics in each of the 10 countries. .
MRA: McDonald's will remove artificial additives from their burgers
Based on these results, McDonald said, it will set specific targets for each country to reduce the use of important medical antibiotics by the end of 2020.
"With our new policy, McDonald's is doing our part to help maintain the effectiveness of antibiotics for human health and future animals," the company said in a statement.
The Burger Network says it expects to achieve a general reduction in the use of critical drugs by taking three major steps.
- First, it will not allow the use of antibiotics of medical importance for the cultivation of larger animals.
- Second, it will not allow the routine use of antibiotics to prevent infectious diseases in the herds.
- Third, it will not allow the use of antibiotics to control the spread of infectious diseases in herds. Instead, the policy requires care for individual animals that show signs of illness.
The policy encourages meat manufacturers to use the most important antibiotics as a last resort, after a licensed veterinarian sees this as a better use.
In 2016, McDonald's fully implemented the commitment to stop serving poultry treated with antibiotics of medical importance in the United States, according to the company. In 2017, he declared a poultry policy in other regions of the world.
In October, the National Security Resources Council rated 25 hamburger chains in the US According to your antibiotic policy, McDonald's has a rating of F.
The National Resource Protection Council, an environmental organization, said McDonald's new commitment could affect the fast-food industry. It is the first large hamburger chain to announce a comprehensive policy of reducing the use of antibiotics for all meat sold by its restaurants, the group said in a statement.
"This important step forward raises the level of other burger chains and sends an unequivocal signal from the market to meat manufacturers around the world." No one in the world sells more hamburgers than McDonalds, and their actions can shape the future of the industry, "said Lena Brook, Food and Agriculture Administration of the SPNI.
"With Washington on this rising wheel of threat to health, market leadership is vital, and we are watching with great interest to see how this policy evolves."