Ask Food Companies: What’s in the beef?
  • Petitioned Applegate Organic and Natural Meats

This petition was delivered to:

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

Ask Food Companies: What’s in the beef?

    1. Petition by

      Rep. Louise Slaughter

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.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Thomas Bantle FAIRPORT, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      We need to do everything possible to slow the development of Antibiotic resistant pathogens.

    • Stephanie Pierson NEW YORK, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      This is vitally important to all Americans

    • Pearl R. Toker ROCHESTER, NY, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I do not eat much red meat, but when I do eat it, I would like to be sure it is safe to indulge.

    • Bette Stieglitz FARGO, ND
      • over 2 years ago

      Our food system is unhealthy. As a consumer, I need to know where my food comes from.

    • Diana Elledge PRINCETON, WV
      • over 2 years ago

      We as consumers have the right to know everything that is in our food we buy and eat!!!


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