Subway Amongst List of Fast Food Joints with a Failing Grade for Antibiotic Use

Subway Amongst List of Fast Food Joints with a Failing Grade for Antibiotic Use

The problems continue to pile on Subway, with the sandwich seniors receiving an F rating for its use of antibiotics in meat and poultry.

The report, compiled by the Natural Resources Defense Council, included 20 fast food chains with failing grades, such as Starbucks, KFC, Sonic, Arby’s, and – surprise – Taco Bell.

“From bacon cheeseburgers to chicken nuggets, most meat served by America’s chain restaurants comes from animals raised in industrial-scale facilities, where they are routinely fed antibiotics to prevent disease that is easily spread in crowded, unsanitary, stressful conditions,” Kari Hamerschlag, senior program manager at environment-focused non-profit Friends of the Earth, said in a press statement.

She discussed the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in meat and poultry, where the creation and spread of drug-resistant bacteria is spurred on when antibiotics are used.

So, restaurants that continue to serve meat raised with the routine use of these drugs are part of the huge, and worsening, problem with antibiotic resistant infections.

The Subway chain was singled out in particular by the NRDC, as they’re the only ones that advocate their food is ‘healthy’:

“We think restaurants billing themselves as a ‘healthier’ option have a particular responsibility to live up to that image by making sure to have procurement policies that help reduce the overuse of antibiotics. Today’s customers are savvy enough to look for that, too, when choosing where to buy their lunch.”

Out of the 25 fast food joints surveyed, only two snagged the elusive A-rating – Chipotle and Panera. Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, and Dunkin’ Donuts all received a passing grade.

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