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GW: Antibiotic Resistance Action Center Co-Authors Report Ranking Fast Food Chains on Beef Sourcing

The Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC), based at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH), co-authored a report released by a coalition of public health and advocacy groups on Oct. 31 examining antibiotics use in the beef supply used by fast food companies.

The fifth-annual report, titled Chain Reaction, finds top fast food chains in the United States continue to sell beef produced with routine antibiotic use. Curbing antibiotic use in livestock is essential to combating the growing epidemic of antibiotic-resistant infections in people and animals. Companies can be leaders in moving this work forward, the report says.

The report graded the top fast food restaurants nationwide on the antibiotic use policies and practices behind the beef served in their restaurants. Top performers include Chipotle (A) and Panera (A-), which earned grades in the “A” range for the fifth year in a row.

“Our federal government is not working at a pace equal to the crisis we are facing from antibiotic resistance,” said Ms. Laura Rogers, managing director of ARAC. “So, we must look to the marketplace for leadership. We’ve seen great progress on chicken, we need leadership now in the other meat sectors.”

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