Top fast food chains fail test for antibiotics in meat

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

AUSTIN (KXAN/AP) — A coalition of health and environmental groups took a close look at what exactly is in the meant an poultry sold at popular fast food chains.

The report found very few chains have a policy limiting antibiotic use,

Two of the top U.S. restaurant chains were the only ones to receive an “A” for serving mostly meat from animals raised without regular use of antibiotics.

Chipotle and Panera Bread received top marks from the survery while the Chick-Fil-A received a “B” in the report.

Many fast food chains were given failing grades like:

  • Starbucks
  • Wendy’s
  • Pizza Hut
  • Subway
  • Burger King
  • Denny’s
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Olive Garden
  • Taco Bell
  • Chili’s
  • IHOP

The recently published report said most top chains do not have a publicly available policy to limit antibiotic use.

Critics say the use of antibiotics in animals leads to bacteria becoming resistant to medicine. The report states that every year two million Americans develop infections that are antibiotic-resistant linked to eating meat pumped full of antibiotics, causing 23,000 people to die.

Another new government report says about one-third of U.S. young people eat pizza or other fast food every day. That’s about the same as it was in the 1990’s.

You can view the full report with the list of restaurants here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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