Activists opposing routine use of antibiotics submitted a shareholder resolution to KFC while urging its parent company Yum! Brands to follow suit.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the activists submitted their resolution, available here, earlier this week. They urged Yum! Brands to extend its antibiotic policies across all of its brands, including KFC, for all meat and poultry sources, “to protect public health from antibiotic-resistant infections.”
“Consumers are increasingly concerned about injudicious antibiotic use. Without meaningful action, Yum! Brands will lose market share to companies who have stronger policies in place,” the resolution stressed. “McDonald’s has phased out use of medically important antibiotics in its entire U.S. chicken supply. Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill prohibit most antibiotic use in their livestock supply chains. Chick-fil-A will serve only chicken raised without antibiotics by 2019.”
Yum! Brands declined their request.
“KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell value the important benefits of antibiotics for human and animal welfare and overall wellbeing. Our brands have been working with our suppliers to minimize the use of antibiotics important to human medicine in poultry,” Yum! Brands said in a statement. “All of our U.S. brands will comply with the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines to minimize antimicrobial resistance by January 1, 2017.”
The statement added: “This means our U.S. suppliers are removing medically important antimicrobials used for production purposes and ensuring that the use of such drugs for therapeutic treatment is overseen by a licensed veterinarian.”