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Antibiotics in the fast food meat supply

Updated 10:56 AM ET, Wed September 21, 2016
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The second annual report (co-authored by six non-profit activist organizations) grades America's 25 largest fast food and "fast casual" restaurants on their antibiotics policies and sourcing practices. These sixteen restaurants scored less than 19 points out of a possible 100 and received an F grade. CNNMoney
"We're proud to have led the way on antibiotic reduction for over a decade, and continue to push ourselves to new milestones," Panera said in a statement to CNN. "This month we introduced deli turkey raised without antibiotics, which we serve on some of our most popular sandwiches. All chicken and turkey served on our sandwiches and salads now meets our (raised without antibiotics) commitment." Panera Bread
"We have been leaders in the quest to serve meat from animals that are raised without the use of antibiotics, and do more of that than any other restaurant," Chipotle said in a statement to CNN. "We are pleased that studies of this kind are calling more attention to the issue of antibiotic use in livestock, and hope more restaurants will follow our lead in this area." Chipotle
"Earlier this year, we introduced rotisserie-style chicken that is raised without antibiotics and, by the end of 2016, all chicken served to SUBWAY restaurant guests across the US will be raised without antibiotics," the company said in a statement to CNN. "Our journey continues with turkey raised without antibiotics, which has been introduced in select markets this year and will be available in all restaurants across the US within the next three years. By 2025, all pork and beef we serve will be raised without antibiotics." Subway
"We are pleased the 'Chain Reaction II' report recognizes our efforts in the journey toward 'No Antibiotics Ever' (NAE)," the company said in a statement to CNN. "Chick-fil-A was the first in the quick service restaurant industry to announce a commitment to NAE in its chicken supply back in 2014. This commitment is the most restrictive in the industry, with no antibiotics ... to be administered at all within the chicken's lifespan. Because of this stringent requirement and our desire to have third-party verification of our supplier's processes, the switch will take some time, and we are on track to reach the full commitment by 2019." Chick-fil-A
"We care about this issue and want to use our scale to make a positive difference," McDonald's said in a statement to CNN. "In August, McDonald's USA announced completion of its commitment to only serve chicken not treated with antibiotics important to human medicine nearly a year ahead of schedule. Now, every chicken item McDonald's serves in the US is made from chicken not treated with antibiotics important to human medicine, including our new Chicken McNuggets." McDonald's
"Wendy's is well on its way to eliminating all antibiotics important to human medicine from chicken production, and aims to achieve this goal in 2017," the company said in a statement to CNN. From Wendy's
Taco Bell did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment. From Taco Bell
"We announced a commitment earlier this year to remove antibiotics important to human medicine from chicken in our pizzas by the end of March 2017," Pizza Hut said in a statement to CNN. "In addition, we've removed BHA/BHT from all of our meats, eliminated artificial flavors and colors and will be free of artificial preservatives from cheese by the end of March 2017." FROM PIZZA HUT
Papa John's did not respond to CNN's request for comment. Papa Johns