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Statement on Antibiotic Use

March 4, 2015
Antimicrobial use in food animals is an issue that impacts people and animals. Global organizations like McDonald's Corporation need to pay attention to it. We have maintained a global policy on antibiotic use in food animals since 2003. In March 2015, McDonald’s released our Global Vision for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Food Animals, which strives to preserve antimicrobial effectiveness in the future through ethical practices today. It builds on our 2003 policy and provides guidance to our suppliers in parts of the world where the industry does not yet have systems in place that would allow them to verify compliance throughout the supply chain.
In the US, we agree antibiotics have important benefits, but we believe that a few sensible changes can both maintain their most important benefits while helping to reduce their use overall. We are committing to use chicken that is not raised with antibiotics important to human medicine. McDonald’s has been working closely with farmers for years to reduce the use of antibiotics in our supply, thus we are able to commit today to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine in chicken production for McDonald’s USA by March 2017.