Restaurant chains rated for commitment to antibiotic-free meat

(AP File Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Many of the animals we eat for food are routinely given antibiotics to keep them from getting sick in crowded conditions or to make them grow faster. In fact, more than 70 percent of the antibiotics important for human medicine are given to farm animals.

Health experts say the widespread use of these powerful drugs contributes to the problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria. This happens when the bacteria that make us sick no longer respond to the drugs that should kill them.

Based on customer demand, many restaurant chains are switching to "antibiotic-free" meat.

Consumer groups recently rated the country's 25 largest chains for their antibiotic policies and practices. The results as reported by Consumer Reports:

Both Panera Bread and Chipotle received A grades. Nearly all their meat and poultry are raised without any antibiotics. Subway earned a B+ after converting all chicken it serves to “no antibiotic.”

Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s earned B’s and C’s for their strong antibiotic policies in chicken.

KFC notably made a dramatic jump from last year's score – moving from an F to a B- because it has committed to only serve chicken raised without medically important antibiotics by the end of 2018.

Starbucks and Pizza Hut had a D+. Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jack in the Box, and Papa John’s all had a D because of their limited policies on antibiotics or for not fully implementing them yet.

Applebee’s, Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s, Cracker Barrel, Dairy Queen, Domino’s Pizza, IHOP, Little Caesars, Olive Garden, and Sonic do not have antibiotic policies, so the received an F.

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