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NRDC Urges The Colonel To Stop Using Antibiotics In Chicken Production

May 19, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is urging KFC to stop using antibiotics in its chicken production. Seventy percent of the antibiotics used to treat human bacterial illnesses are given to mostly healthy pigs, chickens, cattle, and other livestock. That practice “promotes the growth of drug-resistant superbugs,” posing a serious threat to public health. Other big fast food chains – McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, Subway and Taco Bell – are committed to eliminating antibiotics from poultry production. But KFC, with more chicken-based restaurants than any other chain and sales second only to Chick-fil-A, “has yet to get on board.”
Rhea Suh, "It’s Time for KFC to Kick Its Drug Habit", News release, Natural Resources Defense Council, May 19, 2016, © Natural Resources Defense Council
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