Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fwd: FW: These 16 companies got F's

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From: Kirby, Bill <>
Date: Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 7:00 AM
Subject: FW: These 16 companies got F's
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From: Consumers Union []
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 4:34 PM
To: Kirby, Bill
Subject: These 16 companies got F's

[Consumers Union]

Dear Friend of Consumers Union,

Did you know that large factory farms that serve restaurants like KFC, Burger King and Dunkin' Donuts regularly give massive amounts of antibiotics to healthy farm animals? Instead of being reserved for treating sick people, antibiotics are used to fatten up cows and chickens and help them survive in factory farm conditions.

The problem with factory farms overusing antibiotics is that they're creating resistant bacteria that spreads through our food, water and the environment. Scientists have been telling us for years that antibiotic-resistant superbugs are multiplying at an alarming rate, and we know that medicines to treat deadly infections aren't working like they used to. But the big chain restaurants aren't listening and they keep buying their food from these bad factory farms.

Sign our petition today to tell the popular restaurants below to stop buying meat and poultry from farms that use antibiotics on healthy animals.<>

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Applebee's, Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Burger King, Chili's, Dairy Queen, Denny's, Domino's, Dunkin' Donuts, IHOP, Jack in the Box, KFC, Little Caesars, Olive Garden, Sonic and Starbucks

These companies all received "F" ratings in an annual scorecard just released by Consumers Union and several other organizations. An "F" grade means they allow for the routine use of antibiotics in the meat and poultry they serve, or have no disclosed policy limiting the use of antibiotics.

This isn't just some fringe issue. We know that 1-in-5 drug-resistant infections is caused by the bacteria from food or animals. Sadly, antibiotic-resistant infections afflict more than two million people and cause more than 23,000 deaths per year already.

It doesn't have to be this way. Thankfully, some companies recognize the severity of this threat. For years, Panera and Chipotle have had strong policies that restrict the use of antibiotics. More recently, Subway, McDonald's, Chick-fil-A, and several other chains have also announced progress on this front. If they can do it, we can pressure KFC and the other companies to follow in their footsteps.

But it's very important that we address this problem before our medically important antibiotics lose their effectiveness for treating sick people. The more Americans who speak out now, the better chance we have to stop the spread of these deadly infections.

Add your name to petition the big food companies that received an "F" on our scorecard and demand that they restrict the use of antibiotics in your food.<>

The fact that some companies are already taking action gives me hope that we can win this fight. I'm confident these companies will change their ways if we make our voices heard.

Thank you for all you do,

Meg Bohne, Consumers Union
Policy and Action from Consumer Reports

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