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McDonald's Plans to Reduce Antibiotics in Beef
USAgNet - 12/13/2018

McDonald's says it will reduce the use of antibiotics in its beef around the world. Like many others, the restaurant chain uses antibiotics to treat sick animals in its supply chain, reports CNN.

According to the World Health Organization, the overuse and misuse of certain antibiotics make them less effective at treating human diseases.

With a policy announced Tuesday, McDonald's plans to reduce -- but not eliminate -- the use of antibiotics important to human health in 10 countries from which it sources more than 85% of its beef, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

The reduction won't happen right away. McDonald's says there is "limited antibiotic usage data available across the global beef industry," and this month, the company is establishing regional pilot tests to determine a baseline use of the antibiotics in each of the 10 countries.

Based on what those results reveal, McDonald's said, it will establish country-specific targets to reduce the use of medically important antibiotics by the end of 2020.

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