FAST CASUAL | Staff Reporter, Australia

McDonald’s shifting to antibiotic-free chicken

McDonald’s announced that it will now only be sourcing chickens raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine.

This means that those poultry which fall ill, once treated with antibiotics, will be removed from McDonald's food supply, explained Marion Gross, senior vice president of McDonald's North America Supply Chain.

The new policy is part of the fast-food chain's Global Vision for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Food Animals introduced this week. This in turn continues the company's 2003 global antibiotics policy and includes supplier guidance on the thoughtful use of antibiotics in all food animals.

“Our customers want food that they feel great about eating – all the way from the farm to the restaurant – and these moves take a step toward better delivering on those expectations,” said McDonald’s U.S President Mike Andres.

McDonald's is coordinating with U.S. farms who supply their chicken as they implement the new antibiotics policy to the supply chain in the next two years.

The company added that they will still be using ionophores, a type of antibiotic not used for humans that helps keep chickens healthy.

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