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Chain Reaction VI: How Top Restaurants Rate On Reducing Antibiotics Use In Their Beef Supply Chains

This Sixth Chain Reaction Scorecard grades the top twenty fast food and fast casual sit-down  restaurant chains nationwide on the antibiotics use policies and practices they require their beef suppliers to follow.

We found that the surveyed companies made little progress transitioning to responsible antibiotic use in their beef supplies in 2020, except for one notable exception, Wendy’s. Wendy’s committed to prohibiting the routine use of medically important antibiotics in its beef supply chain by the end of 2030. McDonald’s in contrast failed to meet its own commitment to set antibiotic use reduction targets by the end of 2020. Other companies reported limited, if any, progress on their commitments.

The Chain Reaction VI report was produced by the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at Milken Institute of Public Health at the George Washington University,  Center for Food Safety, Consumer Reports, Food Animals Concerns Trust, NRDC, and U.S. PIRG Education Fund.