Burger Chains' Antibiotics Grades: Two As, 22 Fs

Burger Chains' Antibiotics Grades: Two As, 22 Fs

Burger Chains' Antibiotics Grades: Two As, 22 Fs

You'll be hard-pressed to find one that gets a passing grade from experts on antibiotic use in meat. Just two of the top chains based on U.S. sales use antibiotic-free beef, earning an A rating. "Both companies now serve only beef raised without antibiotics", the report says.

Twenty-two of the top 25 USA burger chains - including McDonald's, Burger King, White Castle and Five Guys - received a failing grade in a review assessing their practices and policies on antibiotics use in their beef products.

McDonald's, Burger King and even the much vaunted In-N-Out Burger were among the 22 chains to get failing grades of "F".

Overuse of antibiotics in livestock can cause resistant bacteria to spread, putting humans at risk of developing life-threatening infections.

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A McDonald's spokesperson told MarketWatch that the company is finalizing a policy that will ban the use of beef treated with medically important antibiotics.

The World Health Organization, the FDA, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have all stated that they consider antibiotic resistance a threat to public health.

Each year in the USA, at least 23,000 people die and 2 million get sick with antibiotic-resistant infections, according to statistics from the CDC. There may even be a financial gain: almost 60 percent of Americans in CR's survey said they would pay more at a restaurant for a burger made from beef not raised with antibiotics.

The fourth-annual "Chain Reaction" report, which focused specifically on burger chains, found that all but 3 of 25 of the nation's top burger chains earned "F" scores regarding their use of antibiotics in the meat they buy.

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