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Taco Bell to stop using antibiotics in its chicken

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Taco Bell said it plans to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine in its chicken by the end of Q1, 2017.

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"Taco Bell values the important benefits of antibiotics, specifically those important to human medicine.

"Since 2014, we have been working with our partners and suppliers to identify an approach to antibiotic use for food production that both maintains the benefits while also helping to reduce antibiotic use overall," the company said.

A coalition of groups including Friends of the Earth and the Natural Resources Defense Council recently graded the nation’s top 25 “quick-service” and “fast-casual” restaurants on the level of antibiotic use in their meats.

The report, “Chain Reaction: How Top Restaurants Rate on Reducing Use of Antibiotics in Their Meat Supply,” was prepared by groups who have concerns about “the potential link between antibiotic use in animal agriculture and antibiotic resistance.”

Panera Bread and Chipotle, well-known for their strict antibiotics policies, were the only two companies to receive an A grade. Chick-fil-A was the only chain to receive a B grade. Earning a C grade were McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts. No companies received a D grade.

Restaurants with failing grades include Wendy’s, Burger King, Denny’s, Domino’s, Papa John’s, Starbucks, Olive Garden, Subway, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, Applebee’s, Sonic, Chili’s, Jack in the Box, Arby’s, Dairy Queen, IHOP, Outback Steakhouse and Little Caesars.

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