Are you thinking about getting a burger from Wendy’s or McDonald’s today? After reading this, you might want to change your mind.
In a report released by the National Resources Defense Council (NDC), it was found that only two burger chains out of the top 25 in the nation have a passing grade regarding their policies on the use of antibiotics in the meat that they buy.
BurgerFi and Shake Shack were the only two groups to receive a passing grade of A while the rest of the burger chains, including beloved brands like Wendy’s and McDonald’s, got a failing grade of D- or F.
Most of these companies are supposed to voluntarily find ways to buy meat that has no antibiotics, and while Wendy’s is trying (albeit ineffectively) to do so, companies like McDonald’s have not even tried to implement new policies.
Typically, most companies that sell meat will need it fast, which why antibiotics are used. They help the animal grow much faster while while (hopefully) preventing disease. Most of these antibiotics, however, should only be used in human medication, and is not recommended for human consumption.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a five year plan that currently supports steps that plans to eliminate the use of antibiotics. “We believe medically important antimicrobial drugs should only be used when necessary, these antimicrobials should be used in an optimal manner” said by Dr. Scott Gottlieb, FDA commissioner in a statement.
The best way for consumers to make changes for their restaurants and stores is to express a desire to see meat without antibiotics.