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No antibiotics in chicken for McDonald’s Canada

Staff writer |
McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada announced a new initiative to only source chicken raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine by the end of 2018.

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McDonald’s USA has been working with farmers for years to reduce the use of antibiotics in its poultry supply.

This new Canadian sourcing policy supports McDonald’s Global Vision for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Food Animals introduced in March this year, which builds on the 2003 global antibiotics policy and includes supplier guidance on the thoughtful use of antibiotics in all food animals.

All of the chicken served at McDonald’s more than 1,400 Canadian restaurants, including in its iconic Chicken McNuggets, comes from Canadian chicken farmers and McDonald’s Canada will work closely with industry to implement the new antibiotics policy in its chicken supply chain within the next three years.

While McDonald’s Canada will only source chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine, the farmers who supply chicken for its menu will continue to responsibly use ionophores, a type of antibiotic not used for humans that helps keep chickens healthy.