(CNN) – McDonald says he will reduce the use of antibiotics in his beef world.
Like many others, the chain of restaurants uses antibiotics to treat sick animals in their supply chain. According to the World Health Organization, the excessive use and misuse of certain antibiotics makes them less effective in the treatment of human diseases.
With Tuesday's policy, McDonald's plans to reduce but not eliminate the use of antibiotics that are important for human health in 10 countries to gain more than 85% of their beef, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Australia.
Reducing will not happen immediately. McDonald says he has "limited data on the use of antibiotics in the world's beef industry" and this month, the company is setting up regional pilot tests to determine the use of antibiotics in each of the 10 countries. ,
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Based on the results they reveal, McDonald's said it would set specific targets for each country to reduce the use of medically important antibiotics by the end of 2020.
"With our new policy, McDonald's strives to keep antibiotics for human and animal health in the future," the company said in a statement.
The Hamburg chain says it expects to achieve a general reduction in the use of critical medicines by taking three key steps.
- First, this will not allow the use of antibiotics of medical importance for growing larger animals.
- Secondly, this will not allow the routine use of antibiotics to prevent infectious diseases in flocks.
- Third, it will not allow the use of antibiotics to control the spread of infectious diseases in flocks. Instead, policy requires the treatment of individual animals showing signs of pain.
The policy encourages meat producers to use the most important antibiotics as a last resort after a qualified veterinarian thinks such use is the best option.
In 2016, McDonald's fully fulfilled the commitment to stop serving chickens treated with antibiotics of medical significance in the United States, according to the company. In 2017, he announced a chicken policy in other parts of the world.
In October, the National Council of Defense Resources evaluated 25 American hamburger chains. according to your antibiotic rules. McDonald's has a rating of F.
The National Resource Conservation Board, an environmental advocacy organization, said McDonald's new commitment could make the difference for the fast-moving industry. This is the first big hamburger chain to declare a comprehensive policy to reduce the use of antibiotics for all the beef sold by its restaurants, a group statement said.
"This important step forward increases the level of other hamburger chains and sends an unambiguous signal from the beef producers' market around the world." No one in the world sells McDonald's more hamburgers, and their actions can shape the future of industry, "said Lena Brook, director of the Food and Agriculture Directorate of the Council for the Protection of Natural Resources.
"With Washington sleeping on the verge of this growing health threat, market leadership is essential, and we will be watching with great interest in seeing this policy evolving."