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Texas Nuns Pressuring McDonald's to Remove Antibiotics From All Meat

The shareholders are pushing for antibiotic-free pork and beef, too — not just chicken.

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The surge in demand for antibiotic-free meat continues: A group of McDonald's shareholders are pushing the fast food giant to stop serving "any meat from animals raised with antibiotics vital to fighting human infections," reports Reuters.

The Congregation of Benedictine Sisters of Boerne, Texas — that's right, a group of Texan nuns who happen to be McDonald's stakeholders — initially withdrew their resolution when McDonald's announced earlier this year that it would switch to antibiotic-free chicken for its U.S. stores. Now, however, the nuns are "pressing the world's biggest restaurant chain to expand its antibiotic policy to include beef and pork, and to take it global."

The move toward serving antibiotic-free chicken, which will be implemented over the next two years, is certainly a huge step for the world's second-largest fast food chain. It will also have a major impact on the American poultry industry. And, as the world's largest purchaser of beef, a switch by McDonald's to antibiotic-free beef could shake up the industry.

In a report just released by environmental group Friends of the Earth, McDonald's was one of only five fast food chains to receive a passing grade for its efforts to reduce the use of antibiotics in their meat supply. The other 20 that received failing grades included Subway, Starbucks, and Taco Bell.

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