Public Health

Victory: Subway Commits to Help Save Antibiotics

By | Steve Blackledge
Public Health Program Director

Today, Subway announced a plan to phase out antibiotics from it's entire meat supply in response to mounting consumer demand for stronger action by the chain to help save antibiotics from overuse.

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Subway needs hard plan for going antibiotic-free

MASSPIRG's David Melly calls on Subway to stop serving meat raised with antibiotics in a letter to the Cape Cod Times.

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Broad Array of Public Interest Groups Call on Subway, the World’s Largest Fast-Food Chain: Help Save Antibiotics!

 

A letter signed by nearly 60 public interest, medical, public health, environmental and animal welfare organizations was delivered to Subway Founder and CEO Fred DeLuca and Senior VP Suzanne Greco today, asking the restaurant giant to phase out meats produced with routine use of antibiotics (i.e. for growth promotion and disease prevention). As the largest fast-food chains in the world, Subway’s action on this issue would help tackle the growing health crisis of antibiotic resistance.

Who Flipped the Antibiotics Script

By | Deirdre Cummings
Legislative Director

The "cold-blooded capitalists" have made strides for public health, while the "heavy-handed government" sit on those hands. Consumer power is changing the antibiotics script.

Closer to Our Customers

By | Deirdre Cummings
Legislative Director

Steve Easterbrook, the President and CEO of McDonald's, last week put out a 23 minute video talking about changes afoot with the fast food giant. He bluntly said, "Our recent performance has been poor." 

News Release | MASSPIRG | Public Health

Some Good, Some Bad in Obama Administration Plan to Protect Antibiotics

Tomorrow the National Task Force for Combatting Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria will release a five-year action plan to tackle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.  The plan will take several positive steps but largely miss an opportunity to call for critical reforms on antibiotic use on livestock.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Public Health, Consumer Protection

McDonald’s announces plan to cut overuse of antibiotics in chicken

McDonald’s announced a new policy today to curb the overuse of antibiotics in chickens purchased to make McNuggets and other McDonald's products. Within two years, farming operations supplying McDonald’s USA restaurants will be prohibited from routinely administering medically important antibiotics to chickens, a practice that is commonplace even when animals are healthy.

Resource | Public Health

Change the Market: Support Antibiotic-free Restaurants

These Massachusetts restaurants have taken action to transition away from serving meat raised with antibiotics. 

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