Most large U.S. fast-food chains still serve meat from farm animals that have been routinely fed antibiotics, consumer groups said in a new report, which concluded that many companies have not yet laid out plans to curb the practice.
Subway, Starbucks, KFC and Domino’s Pizza were among the industry leaders graded “F” for their antibiotic policies in the report from consumer and health groups, titled “Chain Reaction,” released on Tuesday.
The groups, which did not release results to companies prior to publication, based their grades on public statements, survey responses and correspondence with individual chains. As a result, companies given failing grades were not immediately able to comment.
An estimated 70 percent of antibiotics important to human health are sold for use in meat and dairy production.