Subway recently stated in Nation’s Restaurant News that it has been “working toward the elimination of antibiotics” in their products. Although encouraging, the statement falls short of a formal policy with deadlines.
If Subway were to make it clear that it’ll only buy meat not raised on antibiotics, suppliers will know precisely what’s needed to keep or get Subway as a customer. Look no further than McDonald’s, which announced a policy on March 4 of this year that it would soon switch to antibiotic-free chicken. On April 28, Tyson Foods unveiled a plan to eliminate antibiotics from its chicken.
Is there a connection? Tyson Foods is a major supplier of McDonald’s.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that millions of Americans get sick and 23,000 die from antibiotic resistant superbugs each year.
Restaurants can put enormous market-based pressure on suppliers to stop overusing antibiotics. We need Subway to join Chipotle, Panera Bread, Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s and others in doing so.
Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group