McDonald’s to Phase Out Antibiotic Usage in Chicken

The biggest purchaser of chicken has stated they will be phasing out the usage of certain antibiotics in the chickens they purchase. That United States chicken purchaser is McDonald’s and they have finally taken heed to what their customers have been asking them for; antibiotic-free chicken.

Chipotle’s restaurant chain is the what got McDonald’s headed in the antibiotic-free direction. Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG says the fast-casual restaurant serves up Mexican food using only antibiotic-free meat, and the public loves it. Chick-Fil-A and Panera have begun to use antibiotic-free chciken since Chipotle’s came to town too.

After trying a variety of unsuccessful ad and gimic campaigns over the last few years to woo back the customers they had lost to Chipotle’s, McDonald’s finally saw the error of their ways and decided to give the customers what they want.

The antibiotic phase-out plan will take place over the next two years. Since McDonald’s is the largest chicken purchaser in the U.S., purchasing an estimated 3 to 4 percent of the nation’s 39 billion pounds of chicken a year, you can rest assured the agriculture business will sit up and take notice. What this will translate to at the supermarket remains to be seen, but for those who enjoy a box of McNuggets, you soon won’t be getting a side of antibiotics with them.

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