Consumer Reports: antibiotics in the meat

Consumer Reports: antibiotics in the meat

Restaurant chains have made big promises to reduce antibiotics in the meat they serve up

More than half of the largest 25 restaurant chains now have antibiotics policies in place. That's nearly triple what it was 3 years ago.

"Overuse is a really big threat to public health. It can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and that can make infections in humans really difficult to treat, " says Consumer Reports Health Editor Julia Calderone.

All of the progress at chain restaurants is due to changes in chicken policies. "No-antibiotic" beef and pork is still limited.

So who passed with flying colors? Panera Bread and Chipotle came out ahead because nearly all of their meat and poultry are raised without antibiotics. Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, Subway and Wendy's earned B's and C's. KFC improved with a B-minus and McDonald's pulled in a C-plus.

"We're definitely noticing a shift. Consumers are becoming more aware of the potential dangers of overusing antibiotics," says Calderone.

Some big restaurants slower to make the shift - Burger King, Dunkin Donuts, and Starbucks among others pulled in D's.

Consumer Reports found 11 restaurants that have no policies at all when it comes to antibiotics and meat. they include.. Applebee's, Chili's, Dairy Queen and Olive Garden.

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