We use cookies to track usage and preferences

Privacy policy

With our members we're calling on multinational restaurant chains, including McDonald’s, KFC and Subway, to get #AntibioticsOffTheMenu. We want these chains to make global, time-bound commitments to stop serving meat from animals routinely given antibiotics included on the World Health Organization’s list of important antimicrobials.



The issue

Antibiotic resistance is a global public health crisis.  Without urgent action, we’re heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which the drugs we have no longer work and common infections and minor injuries can once again kill.

By 2050, drug resistant infections are predicted to kill 10 million people a year – more than the number of people that die from cancer today. The projected economic costs of this growing public health threat are also staggering. By 2050, antimicrobial resistance is expected to cost the world $100 trillion, and, according to the World Bank, could push over 28 million people into extreme poverty.



During World Antibiotics Awareness Week 2016, a coalition of NGOs, scientists and doctors, led by Consumers International, published an open letter to the CEOs of McDonalds, Subway and KFC (eng).

15th November 2016

Dear Mr. Greg Creed, Mr. Steve Easterbrook and Ms. Suzanne Greco,

... This World Antibiotics Week, we are calling on you as global food businesses to end the routine use of all antibiotics included on the World Health Organization’s list of medically important antimicrobials, in all of your livestock supply chains. This means prohibiting your suppliers from using these antibiotics for growth promotion or disease prevention and only using these antibiotics when there has been a diagnosis of illness...

Read the full letter here (eng). 


Latest News
17 November 2016

Press Release: Antibiotics Awareness Week - Consumers Demand Action from Fast Food Chains

Read More
13 September 2016

Take Antibiotics off the Menu before it's too late

Read More
Campaigning on the issue

Our successes in this area include:

  • Our #Antibioticsoffthemenu message on World Consumer Rights Day 2016 reached over 7 million people worldwide. More than 90 Consumers International members in 60 countries carried out their own activities.
  • More than 228,000 people across the world called on KFC, McDonald’s and Subway to make global, timebound commitments to limit antibiotics by writing to the CEOs through Consumers International and ShareAction, and through online petitions with Consumer Reports and with SumOfUs.




Download Resources

World Antibiotics Awareness Week - Infographic 1


World Antibiotics Awareness Week - Infographic 2


World Antibiotics Awareness Week - Infographic 3


World Antibiotics Awareness Week - Infographic 4


Antibiotics off the Menu report 2016

Internet playing a key role in easing employment inequality in Africa @qz https://t.co/OjnnR2Ieqs #DigitalEconomy #AccessForAll
We are looking for two well organised and ambitious interns to start as soon as possible. Check out job details her… https://t.co/oqVHLK7X2J
Our Mexican member @elpoderdelc is calling #FullTime on the use of child mascots to advertise unhealthy food produc… https://t.co/X2dXznp2xm
Our very own @antoninoserra receiving an IACL award for our work on revising the UN Guidelines 4… https://t.co/MbLOmDMjEC
RT @Consumers_Int: I-phones & I-Pads with less memory than advertised: 100 mln $ daily fine on @Apple for misleading #Consumers in Bra… https://t.co/ryhbeGcevv
FBI warns parents of privacy risks associated with internet-connected toys https://t.co/V4kNsdWuUb #IoT #ToyFail
RT @Consumers_Int: WIN! We've campaigned against excessive card fees for years. These rules finally put an end to this unfair practice. https://t.co/1J3XLeqGAU
MEMBER WIN: @Proteste has won a lawsuit in Brazil vs Apple for misleading product advertising… https://t.co/gMJEd5e6ln
RT @Consumers_Int: On #MandelaDay, let us take time to remember and celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.… https://t.co/8fN2SnCwPg
How can we help consumers make more sustainable choices? Learn more about the @10YFP #ConsumerInformation programme… https://t.co/WaRPEnmJJW
Major tech firms urge @FCC to retain #NetNeutrality rules https://t.co/vdAsszBfjy
RT @Consumers_Int: Up to 10,000 tickets for Ed Sheeran’s 2018 tour which were sold on the secondary market have now been cancelled. https://t.co/RZok2XFrZ8
We bring together 200+ organisations in 100+ countries. Explore our interactive map to learn more about our members… https://t.co/SQQLAOCrQU
Consumers_Int @Consumers_Int
.@EFF's latest report rates companies on how they protect consumer data https://t.co/5is6J8TZsx #Privacy #ConsumerProtection
Consumers_Int @Consumers_Int
This stunt shows what consumers could be signing up to when they accept T&Cs without being aware of the details https://t.co/dDPabUzzK2
Consumers_Int @Consumers_Int
'Consumers' rights are not for sharing!': Read @ANEC's blog on #SharingEconomy and our contributions to… https://t.co/T8GkP5THmd
Consumers_Int @Consumers_Int
RT @Consumers_Int: Congrats on the new website @Consumers_Int, looks fantastic.
Consumers_Int @Consumers_Int
EXCITING NEWS: We've just launched our brand new website! Click here to explore https://t.co/049DC0n6Ir https://t.co/I8kkH0S435
Consumers_Int @Consumers_Int
Today is #NetNeutralityDay. Our recommendations call on access services to respect the principle of #NetNeutralityhttps://t.co/2VuQuusT2r
Consumers_Int @Consumers_Int
RT @Consumers_Int: Today we’ll join internet users across the world calling on the @FCC to ditch its plan to undermine #NetNeutralityhttps://t.co/GdfPl9FdFh
Consumers_Int @Consumers_Int
Tomorrow some of the world's biggest tech companies will unite in support of #NetNeutrality in 'Day of Action' https://t.co/b9E9tgeycX
Consumers_Int @Consumers_Int
RT @Consumers_Int: Facebook knows everything about you & shares it with advertisers https://t.co/IZQifZmued. New research by our Dutch… https://t.co/5XxTaXkL2r
Consumers_Int @Consumers_Int
How can we better protect consumers in a globalised digital world? Read our blog on the #LuxStyle case… https://t.co/bUPenhQZxe
Consumers_Int @Consumers_Int
NEWS: @Consumers_Int welcomes #G20 leaders support for #ConsumerProtection in the #DigitalEconomyhttps://t.co/9AAQ3z5ZEF
Consumers_Int @Consumers_Int
RT @Consumers_Int: Congrats to our DE member @vzbv for producing YouTube videos to familiarise refugees with their consumer rights.… https://t.co/51ra8tNGFL
Consumers_Int @Consumers_Int
RT @Consumers_Int: Airline compensation needs an upgrade. Share your story and help us send that message home: https://t.co/Htw8PorGxA https://t.co/8ygTv0n14c
Consumers_Int @Consumers_Int
.@UNCTAD announces new digital tool to help protect consumers in the digital age https://t.co/hHmSCZOUu5 #ConsumerProtection #UN4Consumer
Consumers_Int @Consumers_Int
RT @Consumers_Int: #ConsumerLaw #REFIT Stakeholders think so too. @Airbnb invited to join our ongoing efforts to get this right! https://t.co/JPxqUKctIb
Consumers_Int @Consumers_Int