Consumer campaign calls on Wendy’s to “hold the antibiotics” from its beef supply chain

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New York: Consumer and public health advocacy organization U.S. PIRG Education Fund is calling on Wendy’s to stop serving beef raised with the routine use of antibiotics. The U.S. PIRG Education Fund and its partner groups are calling on the third-largest burger chain in the United States to follow the lead of its rival, McDonald’s, which recently announced a detailed antibiotics policy for its beef supply chain. The group held events in front of Wendy’s franchises in New York City and Chicago to announce the campaign.

“We can’t waste life-saving medicines to produce cheap beef. The cost to our health is too high, and Wendy’s can use its buying power to help move the beef industry away from overusing antibiotics,” said Matthew Wellington, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign Director.

A recent estimate suggests that up to 162,000 Americans die from antibiotic-resistant infections every year, making them the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Health experts, including the World Health Organization and American Academy of Pediatrics, warn that the routine use of antibiotics in animals that aren’t sick fuels drug-resistant bacteria.  



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