According to “Chain Reaction IV: Burger Edition,” reports which were produced by the Center for Food Safety, 22 of 25 burger chain restaurants were given failing grade relating to the use of antibiotics in their beef supply. The reports released on Wednesday gives a D- to Wendy’s and Fs to 22 other chains, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Sonic, Five Guys and Carl’s Jr. for continuing to use beef raised with antibiotics in ways that make them less effective on humans.
Only two As were earned by Shake Shack and BurgerFi. The consumer groups claim the overuse of antibiotics by livestock producers contributes to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which can cause life-threatening infections in humans. As per data received from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), drug-resistant superbugs kill about 23,000 people in the U.S. each year and increase health care costs by $20 billion annually.
As America’s largest purchaser of beef, Chain Reaction authors also said that McDonald’s “should commit to sourcing beef from producers that use antibiotics under the guidance of a licensed veterinarian, and only to treat animals diagnosed with an illness or in limited circumstances to control a verified disease outbreak.”
Source: CBS News