McDonald's wants to reduce antibiotic use in beef from its burgers

To fight against antibiotic resistance, McDonald's wants to reduce the presence of these drugs in the beef used for its burgers.

McDonald's fast-food giant has revealed its intention to reduce the presence of antibiotics in the beef used for its burgers. McDonald's announces a policy to reduce the global use of antibiotics important to human health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), which applies to 85% of our global supply chain in beef, "says a statement from the company.

Three steps

This plan will take place in three stages:
1 / Conduct a study on the use of antibiotics among major suppliers of beef.
2 / Establish by the end of 2020 targets to reduce the use of antibiotics.
3 / Communicate on progress made from 2022.

Fight against the development of antibiotic resistance

"Reducing overall antibiotic use in beef is complex and can not be done overnight, and there is little data on antibiotic use in the global beef industry. why, in collaboration with our suppliers and our beef producers, we adopt a progressive approach ", specifies the chain of fast food.
A similar approach was launched in 2017 for chicken, like the Walmart or Tyson Foods brands. The aim here is to combat the development of antibiotic resistance around the world, identified as a major public health problem that continues to worsen.

10 million deaths a year

While in 2014, a report on antibiotic resistance predicted that by 2050, antimicrobial-resistant infections could become the leading cause of death in the world, causing 10 million deaths a year, a new study published in review The Lancet Infectious Diseases makes an equally alarming finding. According to the researchers, antibiotic-resistant bacteria caused the deaths of 33,000 people in 2015 in the European Union. "The burden of these infections is comparable to that of the flu, TB and HIV / AIDS combined," worry scientists.
Lena Brook, food expert for the Natural Resources Defense Council, explains on her blog, relayed by 20 minutes "a large majority of these drugs are distributed massively in food or water, often to animals that are not sick, to help them survive parked, in the unsanitary conditions of some industrial farms." She praises McDonald's initiative, saying it "sends a clear message that we will soon be unable to tolerate current practices".

Too much fat and too sweet

McDonald's is one of the largest fast-food chains in the world, with some 69 million customers a day. France is the sixth largest market of the company with 1,258 restaurants, behind the United States, Japan, China, Germany and Canada. Finally, remember that despite the good intentions of the company in antibiotics, the food products it offers are almost all too fat and too sweet, so bad for health if they are consumed too regularly.