McDonald’s has announced a new global chicken antibiotics policy which will be implemented in markets across the world by 2027.
The company has made a commitment to only source broiler chickens raised without antibiotics defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as Highest Priority Critically Important (HPCIA) for human medicine. Additionally, antibiotics will be banned from routine preventative use.
In 2015, McDonald’s developed their Global Vision for Antibiotic Stewardship in Food Animals (“VAS”) which serves as a framework for their commitment to the Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Food Animals used within the McDonald’s System.
Since then they have already made progress in their US chicken supply chain, with the removal of antibiotics that the WHO has determined “important in the treatment of people” in 2016, a year ahead of their target. They are now planning to extend this policy across their global operations.
McDonald’s state that they are committed to making meaningful reductions in the use of antibiotics in other food animals too, including beef, pork, dairy cows and laying hens, by developing specific action plans and timelines for each category.