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Ask Food Companies: What’s in the beef?

Decades of research has clearly shown that the overuse of antibiotics in food-animals directly contributes to the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A recent study demonstrated how antibiotic-resistant bacteria jumped from food-animals to human. The lead author stated, “It’s like watching the birth of a superbug.”

That’s why I sent a letter to over 60 food companies, including McDonalds, Cargill, Kroger and Walmart, asking them about the antibiotics they use to produce the meat and poultry they serve to customers like you.

Today I’m asking you to co-sign my letter and join me in asking them: What’s in the beef?

In the past year alone, there have been more outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella associated with meat and poultry than any previous year.

According to the US Food and Drug Administration, 80% of all antibiotics are used in food-animals, not humans. These drugs are frequently fed to healthy animals, to compensate for overcrowding and unsanitary conditions. While the meat you eat may be safe, the routine use of antibiotic drugs on these animals leads to the creation of superbugs, which cannot be treated with common antibiotics.

Luckily, there is a better way. Many farmers and food companies are now raising animals in healthy, stress-free environments. As a result, these animals can be raised antibiotic-free. This is good news for our food supply- and our public health.

As more and more Americans learn about antibiotic-free meat, more and more producers will raise their animals in a sustainable way.

To get there, we must first know what's in the food we eat. Please join me in and co-sign my letter asking America’s largest food companies – what’s in the beef?

For a full list of letter recipients, please click here.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Kroger
  • Rosalind G. Brewer, CEO
    Sam's Club
  • Steven A. Burd, CEO
    Safeway
  • Jim Skinner, CEO
    McDonald's
  • Linda A. Lang, CEO
    Jack In the Box
  • Steve Ells, CEO
    Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • S. Truett Cathy, CEO
    Chick-Fil-A
  • Bernardo Hees, CEO
    Burger King
  • Roland Smith, CEO
    Arby's
  • Howard Shultz, CEO
    Starbucks
  • Carl Schlicker, CEO
    Stop and Shop
  • Fred DeLuca, CEO
    Subway
  • Kraft Foods
    Kraft Foods
  • David Novak, CEO
    YUM!
  • John Mackey, CEO
    Whole Foods
  • E. W. (Bill) Ingram, CEO
    White Castle
  • Emil J. Brolick
    Wendy's
  • Danny Wegman, CEO
    Wegmans
  • Mike Duke, CEO
    Walmart
  • Gregg Steinhafel, CEO
    Target
  • David L. Goebel, CEO
    Applebees
  • Tyson Foods
  • Costco
  • Jeffrey M. Ettinger, CEO
    Hormel Foods Corporation
  • J. Patrick Doyle, CEO
    Domino's Pizza LLC
  • Fedele Bauccio, CEO
    Compass Group North America
  • Mark McKay, CEO
    Coleman Natural Foods
  • Gregory Page, CEO
    Cargill, Incorporated
  • Scott Sechler, CEO
    Bell & Evans
  • Sue Morelli, CEO
    Au Bon Pain
  • Stephen McDonnell, CEO
    Applegate Organic and Natural Meats
  • Irene Rosenfeld, CEO
    Kraft/Oscar Mayer
  • Murray Bresky, CEO
    Murray's Chicken
  • Jeff Swain, CEO
    Niman Ranch
  • Wendy's
  • Sonic Drive-In
  • C. Larry Pope, CEO
    Smithfield Foods, Inc.
  • Jim Plamondon and Peter Plamondon, CEOs
    Roy Rogers Restaurants
  • Dick Cattani, CEO
    Restaurant Associates
  • William W. Lovette, CEO
    Pilgrims Pride Corporation
  • Jim Perdue, CEO
    Perdue
  • Russ Kremer, CEO
    Ozark Mountain Pork
  • Starbucks


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