For years, antibiotics have been used to add weight to cows as well as chickens, increasing the yield for the farmer. Farm raised fish also may have antibiotics used to keep them healthier because of the high densities of fish raised in this manner.
Antibiotics may have some undesirable side effects in the human population as well including obesity, antibiotic resistance as well as allergies.
The general public has made it clear that it wants to eat better and more nutritious food and they want to stay clear of antibiotics in the food supply.
Fast food companies have gotten the message and are sourcing antibiotic free food in their meals according to CNN. To find out which fast food companies have not made the change, read the CNN article below.
Restaurant report card: What’s in your fast food meat?
By Michael Nedelman, CNN September 28, 2017
(CNN)Our favorite fast foods could come back to bite us, according to a report released Wednesday — and it’s not just the extra calories.
The new report grades the 25 largest US fast food chains on where they stand on antibiotics.
The results are a mixed bag: For the third year in a row, the only two As were awarded to Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread.
More companies passed this year than ever before. But 11 of the top 25 chains received an F, having taken “no (discernible) action to reduce use of antibiotics in their supply chains.”
Nine companies didn’t respond to the survey at all, just like last year.
“These drugs have historically been given to animals that are not sick, to accelerate weight gain and prevent disease in crowded and unsanitary industrial farming conditions,” wrote the authors, who come from six public interest groups including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Consumers Union and the Center for Food Safety.