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Q&A: Why is McDonald's ditching chicken treated with antibiotics?
Q&A: Why is McDonald's ditching chicken treated with antibiotics?

McDonald's announced Wednesday its 14,000 U.S. restaurants will phase out the use of chickens raised with antibiotics by March 2017. Businesses have been under pressure from consumers and regulators to curtail the use of antibiotics in livestock and combat the rise of antibiotic-resistance among humans. Farmers in McDonald's supply chain will not be allowed to use antibiotics that are important to humans, but they can still use ionophores, a type of antibiotic not used in human medicine. The company said it will continue to treat ill animals with prescribed antibiotics but that poultry will no longer be allowed in its food supply. Is McDonald's the first company to phase...

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