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Several advocacy groups have a beef with McDonald’s over its policy for using antibiotics in its supply chain.

The fast-food giant is being accused of backtracking on a commitment made four years ago to set targets for reducing the use of medically important antibiotics by the end of 2020. Late last year, the advocacy groups were upset that McDonald’s had not yet followed through, but they now argue the company has quietly altered its policy in a way that targets are no longer being established at all.


In a progress report compiled last March, but disclosed only last week, McDonald’s issued an update that failed to mention any specific targets. Instead, the fast-food company declared it will establish “market-appropriate targets for the responsible use of medically important antibiotics — as defined by the World Health Organization — in our beef supply chain.”

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