Wednesday, 14 September 2016

McAntibiotics - McDonalds patties causing antibiotic resistant superbugs


Long time readers here will know that I despise McDonald's food, and haven't been near the place in decades. It appears I was doing the right thing, not only for my health but in not providing them with any money as a customer of theirs.

It's come to light that their "all beef patties" and the like are pumped full of antibiotics. Antibiotics that are used in the medical world for humans. Hence McDonalds food is a major cause of the growing antibiotic resistance in today's world, with some diseases simply becoming untreatable as superbugs take hold.

SumOfUs have a world petition going to pressure the fast food giant to stop taking meat in their supply chain containing antibiotics. What's next, steroid chooks?
A new online campaign is putting pressure on fast food giant McDonald's to impose a global ban on products from animals treated with antibiotics. 

Scientists warn that treating livestock with antibiotics is leading to a rise in drug-resistant superbugs. 

The charity ShareAction has called on consumers to email McDonald's chief executive Steve Easterbrook. 

Last week, the fast food chain stopped using poultry treated with antibiotics - but only in its US restaurants. 

ShareAction has called on McDonald's - which operates in more than 100 countries - to stop using chicken, beef, pork and dairy products that have been given antibiotics in all of its 30,000 stores globally. 

Medical experts warn that the routine use of antibiotics to promote growth and prevent - rather than treat - illness in farm animals contributes to the rise of drug-resistant "superbug" infections. 

They are said to kill at least 23,000 Americans a year and represent a significant threat to global public health. 

Scientists have warned the world is on the cusp of the "post-antibiotic era" after discovering in China in November 2015 bacteria resistant to the antibiotic colistin - the medication used when all others have failed. It appeared to develop in farm animals before also being detected in hospital patients. BBC  

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