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Subway, the largest fast-food company in the nation, announced Aug. 28 that it plans to eliminate from its menu meat raised with routine use of antibiotics, but it has yet to make a firm commitment to a deadline or goal for this change.
There are a growing number of health professionals concerned about the practice of using antibiotics on healthy food animals for growth promotion and disease prevention. Even still, 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in this country are used on livestock and poultry, most often for those reasons. The Centers for Disease Control estimate millions of people get sick and 23,000 die from antibiotic-resistant superbugs each year in the U.S.
Subway has the opportunity to be a responsible community leader, with no fewer than 13 franchises on the Cape alone. Dining on Cape Cod has long been synonymous with eating fresh, healthy food, and Subway can help protect public health by fully committing with concrete timelines to switch to antibiotic-free meat.
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