Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction: How top restaurants rate on reducing use of antibiotics in their meat supply


Read the full report here.

Chain Reaction is a new report and scorecard that grades America’s top restaurant chains’ on their policies and practices regarding antibiotics use and transparency in their meat and poultry supply chains. All but five companies received a failing grade.

70-80 percent of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used in factory farms. This practice enables crowded, filthy conditions for animals and drives antibiotic resistance that threatens our health. 

Friends of the EarthNatural Resources Defense CouncilConsumers UnionFood Animal Concerns TrustKeep Antibiotics Working, and Center for Food Safety all contributed to research and writing for this report.

The report comes amid mounting pressure on restaurant chains, with a September 15th letter sent from 109 organizations to the CEOs of the top 25 restaurant chains urging companies to eliminate the routine use of antibiotics in their meat supply.

Getting involved:

Take action now by calling on Subway to commit to a clear antibiotics policy and by visiting the websites and social media pages of top restaurant chains and leave comments asking them to switch to meat raised without the routine use of antibiotics and other drugs.


Read the news release and Friends of the Earth’s blog post: Antibiotic Resistance–with a Side of Fries?

Read NRDC’s blog post: Subway’s Saga Continues: World’s Largest Chain Gets “F” for Antibiotics & Meat

Read Center for Food Safety’s blog post: Fast Food on Drugs: Most Top Chains Fail to Address Antibiotics in their Meat

Read Consumers Union's blog post: Which fast food chains serve meat on drugs? A new report grades restaurants on their meat and poultry antibiotic policies

Read Food Animals Concerns Trust's blog post: Redefining our Food Choices – Where Does Your Favorite Fast Food Chain Score?

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