Antibiotics, even those important to human medicine, are frequently used for rapid growth promotion in livestock and poultry and to prevent illness in animals living in cramped and unhealthy conditions. The FDA estimates that animal agriculture accounts for 70 percent of all U.S. antibiotic use.
The overuse and misuse of antibiotics in the meat industry is contributing to the rise of antibiotic-resistance in the U.S. and across the world. This serious public health issue is responsible for 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths each year.
2017 Investor Campaign on Antibiotics
ICCR members advocate for restricting antibiotics in food production to therapeutic use only. Specifically, we urge food companies and restaurant chains to:
- Adopt a policy (effective through both company-owned and contract farms), to protect human health, by restricting the non-therapeutic use (such as for growth promotion, feed efficiency, weight gain, or disease prevention) of antibiotics in the meat supply chain.
- Report on the amount of antibiotics used, and for what purpose through to contract farmers (may start with company-owned and then on contract farms)
- Adopt a management plan to reduce nutrient pollution in its supply chain with specific goals for pollution prevention and goals on reduction of wastewater discharge in facilities and throughout the supply chain
- Jack in the Box
- Hormel Foods Corp.
- Restaurant Brands International
- Sanderson Farms
- Yum! Brands
Which major food companies are committed to reducing antibiotic use? The Pew Charitable Trusts analyzes which companies are leading the way in a series of detailed charts:
What the Press is Saying
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