McDonald’s will stop using chickens that have been given antibiotics as it looks to win back customers that have drifted to its competitors. McDonald’s has also lost a lot of business over the years, given growing tastes for what are perceived as healthier foods, particularly antibiotic-free meats and organic ingredients.
“Our customers want food that they feel great about eating – all the way from the farm to the restaurant – and these moves take a step toward better delivering on those expectations,” said McDonald’s U.S President Mike Andres.
In addition to only serving antibiotic-free chicken within two years, McDonald’s U.S. restaurants will serve low-fat white milk and fat-free chocolate milk from cows that are not treated with rbST, an artificial growth hormone. These are popular items in its Happy Meals.
From now on, chickens that become ill will get appropriate veterinary care and no longer be included in McDonald’s food supply if they get antibiotics, the company said. However McDonald’s will still use ionophores, a type of antibiotic not used for humans that helps keep chickens healthy.
What do you guys think? But won't the chicken nuggets still be breaded with God knows what chemicals? What about their burgers and fish? I'm curious to see if they will take steps in this direction for their other meals. I also wonder if their ice cream will be from cows not treated with hormones.
Again, a step in the right direction, but in my opinion, they have a long way to go.
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