Antibiotics and hormones in our food supply chain

More antibiotics and hormones are given to animals than are given to people as medicine. This practice is so widespread that it seems almost unavoidable. “Almost” ……. unless the consumer is helped by a trusted consumer driven traceability and authentication platform to access wholesome food, and responsible producers with sustainable practices are helped to reach consumers. KLOSS & Associates.

 “It'll still be deep fried, but KFC wants to make its chicken a little healthier”

CNN recently reported [Jackie Wattles @jackiewattles, CNNMoney (New York), April 10, 2017] that “KFC has promised that by the end of 2018 the company will only serve chicken that was raised without potentially dangerous antibiotics”.

"We share the public’s concern about...antimicrobial resistance," Kevin Hochman, president of KFC U.S. said.

The move follows part of a growing trend within the fast food industry, with other chains including Burger King, Subway, Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A , Chipotle, Panera Bread and McDonald's in prior years, making food supply changes with a focus on human health and wholesome foods, by moving away from using antibiotics in chicken products in the United States. Wholesome foods include the four pillars of food safety, nutrition, environmental sustainability and fair trade/animal welfare.

Antibiotics have been used on non-organic livestock for years in order "to help them survive and make them grow faster in unsanitary, crowded and stressful conditions". More than 70% of all antibiotics sold in the US are for food production animals. And CNN reports: health researchers have become increasingly concerned about what affect those antibiotics have on humans. Over-exposure to antibiotics in meat can mean people become resistant to the antibiotics they are prescribed when they become ill.

"Antibiotic resistance makes treatment of bacterial infections harder, increases how long people are sick, and makes it more likely that patients will die," according to a report by Chain Reaction II, a group of six non-profit and activist organizations.

KFC is among the largest buyers of chicken in the United States. That is why KFC's newfound commitment to only buy antibiotic-free chicken will push ethically responsible chicken farmers worldwide to ditch the use of antibiotics.

McDonald’s Corp announced on 24 Aug 2017 that it would begin curbing the use of the high value human antibiotics in its global chicken supply in 2018, as the fast-food giant joins a broad effort to battle dangerous superbugs.

Watch “How the animals you eat get fat”, CNN Money Jan 10, 2016 - Uploaded by CNNMoney

 

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