Next year, McDonalds is set to proceed with a new broiler chicken antibiotics policy in markets right across the globe.
This is set to eliminate the use of antibiotics defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as ‘Highest Priority Critically Important Antimicrobials’’ to human medicine.
Last year, all of the U.S. based McDonald’s restaurants served broiler chickens not treated with antibiotics.
In January of the 2018 calendar, Europe (including Ireland), Brazil, Canada, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. will see the start of the elimination of HPCIAS.
The same starting-date target has been set for Australia and Russia by the end of 2019.
The removal of Colistin in Europe is also planned for the same time-period.
The aim by January 2027 the elimination in all other markets around the world.
‘‘Our goal is to have this policy implemented before this date.’’ McDonalds revealed in a statement.
Use of Antibiotics
‘‘Engaging farmers, producers and veterinarians in the responsible use of antibiotics is key to our vision of preserving antibiotic effectiveness through ethical practices.’’ McDonalds continued in a statement.
The news comes following efforts started by the company, maintaining a policy on antibiotic usage in food animals since 2003.