In a significant win in the fight to save antibiotics , McDonald’s—the largest and most iconic burger chain on the planet—announced Tuesday that it will address the use of antibiotics in its international supply chain for beef by 2021. "This important step forward raises the bar for other burger chains and sends an unmistakable market signal to beef producers worldwide," said Lena Brook , the interim director of the Food & Agriculture program at the Natural Resources Defense Council . "With Washington asleep at the wheel on this rising health threat, leadership in the marketplace is essential." The company’s new policy directs its global suppliers to reduce the use of medically important antibiotics in McDonald’s beef, starting with 10 markets around the world, including the U.S. McDonald’s is the first—and by far the largest—burger chain to commit to a policy like this for all beef sold at its restaurants. While the chicken industry has been proactive in changing their antibiotics policies, beef companies have taken very little action to address the issue—even though more medically important antibiotics are given to cows than humans, or any other animal. The problem is dire: Leading medical experts have called antibiotics resistance one […]

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