The fried chicken giant, KFC, said it will curb the use of "medically important" antibiotics in its chicken supply.
KFC announced its decision to stop serving chicken that contains antibiotics in the U.S. "This commitment from the nation's most iconic fast food chicken chain will have a major impact on the way the birds are raised in the US and in the fight against the growing epidemic of drug-resistant infections".
"Antibiotics should only be used to treat disease and not wasted on healthy livestock to make them grow faster or to compensate for filthy conditions on factory farms", Halloran said. But the practice has become a public health issue, as it can lead to germs becoming resistant to drugs.
KFC points out that this commitment will make it the first major fast food chain in the United States to service chicken on the bone that isn't treated with human antibiotics. As you've probably heard by now, using antibiotics like these in food is risky because it builds up our immunity to the drugs, making them less effective in fighting disease when we really need them. This move marks the first time a major national quick service restaurant (QSR) chain in the US has extended an antibiotics commitment beyond boneless chicken to its chicken-on-the-bone menu items. Chick-fil-A plans to switch to poultry raised without any antibiotics at all by the end of 2019.
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"This announcement is a win for anybody who might someday depend on antibiotics to get well or even save their lives - i.e. everybody", Wellington added.
Given its stature, KFC had been the focus of several antibiotic reduction campaigns by consumer, health and environment groups, including U.S. PIRG, as well as from a coalition of British and U.S. shareholders with more than $2 trillion in assets under management.
"We share the public's concern about.antimicrobial resistance", said Kevin Hochman, president of KFC U.S.
The announcement comes in response to health advocates who've long urged the company to reconsider its antibiotic policies, warning KFC that the life-saving medicines need to be preserved. (YUM), said it is also in the process of removing artificial colors and flavors from certain menu items by the end of 2018. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news. With the Re-Colonelization of KFC, the brand committed to simplifying operations in its restaurants, investing more than 100,000 hours to re-train its team members, bringing the Colonel back in its advertising, remodeling more than 3,000 restaurants over a three-year period, and inviting America to come back and experience the brand they remembered. Its Pizza Hut division has the same rules for pizza toppings.