There is some bad news emerging for fast food lovers. A slew of fast food chains received an "F" rating in a review of their practices and policies.
McDonald's, Five Guys, White Castle, Burger King, and 18 other fast food restaurants were issued the failing grade. According to CBS, Chain Reaction IV: Burger Edition, published the scores. It is produced by produced by the Center for Food Safety, Consumer Reports, Food Animal Concerns Trust, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Friends of the Earth, and Natural Resources Defense Council. The findings in the report should be taken seriously.
The reason these fast food chains earned a failing grade was that of their beef policies. None of the mentioned restaurants have a strategy to source beef raised without the routine use of antibiotics. In fact, none of them have even announced attempting to create a policy. If antibiotics are overused in livestock, it can result in life-threatening infections for people. Too many antibiotics cause resistant bacteria, which can be harmful to those who eat it.
Wendy's didn't fail, but it did not receive a stellar grade either. The restaurant earned a D-because they have a policy where they source 15% of their beef products from producers only use tylosin. It is at least a start but the fast-food chain but if they don't step up their game next year could be a whole different story.
The Center For Disease Control has issued a statement saying that "at least two million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die every single year."
Helen I saw on the news most burger places use antibiotics in their burgers. Places like Wendy's and McDonalds got failing grades. The only burgers that got A grade were Shake Shack & Burger Fie...just saying Mom🍔— Peggy Black (@peggytheredhead) October 18, 2018
However, it is not only these fast food places that need to fight for change; lawmakers do too. There need to be new laws implemented when it comes to livestock and antibiotics.
Shake Shack and BurgerFi were the only two restaurants to earn an A. McDonalds, as well as In-N-Out Burger have issued statements saying beef policies are vital to their companies and they are working on finding new ways to create better practices.
What do you think about these F grades for beef policies? Will it stop you from eating at those specific fast food chains?