Restaurants Receive Report Cards on Antibiotics in Meat Supply

Arnav Srivastava ’19
EE Staff Writer

120730_meat_antibiotics_LIt’s report card time. Students are filled with anticipation of what their results in school will lead to. Except this time, there is just one change: it isn’t students receiving grades this time, rather it’s all major restaurants.

Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created a report card for all common restaurants across the nation, grading each chain out of 36 points on their use of antibiotics in their meats. Use of antibiotics has now become a public threat to community, for as producers are routinely using antibiotics on their livestock, bacteria has already started growing resistance and is able to thrive against antibiotics. As the epidemic worsens, antibiotics soon may not be able to save us when it really matters, and diseases like pneumonia can become unstoppable.

CDC and the World Health Organization have repeatedly warned the peop le about the growing issue. It is estimated that at least 2 million Americans get antibiotic-resistant infections each year, and 23,000 die as a result. Hopefully, with this new report out in public, the all restaurants will strive to fix their reputation with these terribly shocking results…

The best restaurants were Chipotle and Panera Bread, being the only ones receiving an “A” for a grade. They are solely the two chains that serve the majority of their meats without antibiotics.

Chick-Fil-A received a rating of B, as they are almost antibiotic-free.

Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s received a rating of C, inferring that they are OK on their meat treatment.

Subway, Wendy’s, Burger King, Denny’s, Domino’s and Starbucks all failed and were given Fs, but still earned at least a single point out of the 36 total points.

Unfortunately, most other major food chains received an F and did not even earn one point. These include Olive Garden, Papa John’s, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, Applebee’s, Sonic, Chili’s, Jack in the Box, Arby’s, Dairy Queen, IHOP, Outback and Little Caesars.

This issue affects us all, for it is nearly impossible for one to go about without eating restaurant or fast food occasionally, and this news reveals just what exactly we are actually eating.

Antibiotics should be given to animals when they are sick, not on a daily schedule. Only the people can make this change to come around for “as more consumers demand better meat options, they will become more widely available.” Also, the Food and Drug Administration should require “greater transparency on antibiotic use among livestock producers, and policies that prohibit use of medically important antibiotics for both growth promotion and disease prevention.”

Following these guidelines will provide better meat choices, meaning healthier options and a safer future for us. “Remember: it’s your money, your health and your future.”

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