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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
25 August 2017

Consumers International welcomes McDonald’s improvement in global policy on antibiotics

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17 November 2016

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

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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.




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