Subway urged to eliminate antibiotics
U.S. based sandwich restaurant chain Subway is the latest business to face pressure to eliminate the use of meat from poultry and livestock raised with antibiotics.
A letter was sent June 23 to Frederick DeLuca, Subway president and CEO, urging the company to phase out the routine use of antibiotics, to act now to end the routine use of medically important antibiotics in the production of chicken sold at the restaurants, and to adopt a third-party auditing program for an antibiotics use policy.
Representatives from 60 groups signed the letter.
As public concerns grow about how animal antibiotic use might play a role in antibiotic resistance, a number of major chain restaurants have adopted or are adopting policies eliminating or reducing the use of meats from animals raised with antibiotics.
McDonald’s in March announced that it would phase out the use of chicken meat from birds raised with medically important antibiotics. In 2014, Chick-fil-A announced that it would exclusively sell chicken raised without antibiotics within five years. Other major restaurant chains to adopt antibiotic-free policies concerning the meats it sells in its restaurants include Chipotle and Panera Bread.
Subway has more than 44,000 restaurants in 110 countries, according to the company’s website. More than 27,000 of those restaurants are located in the United States.