[summary] Tackling antibiotic risk in restaurants, first year update | FAIRR, ShareAction

  • Since it began in March last march the $1 trillion group of investors engaging on this issue has doubled in size to to $2 trillion
  • 70% of companies now have either a comprehensive or partial policy to prohibit antibiotic use in poultry, up from 50% in March 2016
  • 80% of companies report they are now actively engaging with suppliers to monitor antibiotic use
  • Yum! Brands is the only company that ignored a request for further information
  • None of the companies surveyed have developed fully comprehensive, publicly available antibiotics policies to cover their entire livestock supply chain

Notable examples

  • McDonald’s USA has committed to eliminate the use of antibiotics important to human medicine in its chicken supply
  • London-listed company The Restaurant Group has committed to, ”Phasing out the routine, purely preventative use of antibiotics in groups of entirely healthy animals.”

Wider recognition of the issue

  • The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a joint statement last year saying, “Reducing the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals, replacing them where possible and re-thinking the livestock production system is essential for the future of animal and public health”. ■

Source: http://www.fairr.org/resource/restaurant-sector-antibiotic-risk-progress-report-2017/