Report ranks fast food chains on antibiotic policies

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - A new report is sounding the alarm on the use of antibiotics in the meat and poultry supply chains of some of the chain restaurants around the country.

The report ranks the 25 largest U.S. fast food and "fast casual" restaurant chains on their antibiotics policies and practices. What they did was create a scorecard assessing the commitments of U.S. restaurant chains on antibiotics use and transparency in their supply chains.

So why is it important that we keep track of antibiotic use? The report says that bacteria can develop resistance, thrive, and spread to our communities, when livestock producers administer antibiotics routinely to their animals. That contributes to the larger problem of antibiotic resistance, which means antibiotics might not work when we need them because of the foods we're eating. Each restaurant was graded on its antibiotics use policies, including the strength of the policy and whether it applies to all types of meats. Surveyors also took into account whether or not a chain restaurant responded to the survey.

So how did your favorite restaurants fare? Chipotle and Panera Bread took top honors, both getting A's. Chick-fil-A and Subway received a grade of B, while McDonald's, Wendy's, and Taco Bell received C's. Popular pizza chains Pizza Hut and Papa John's earned D grades. The other 16 restaurants on the list received failing grades. Those included Starbucks, Olive Garden, KFC, Burger King, Domino's, Buffalo Wild Wings and many more.

This year is the second annual report. Twice as many restaurant chains received a passing grade this year as compared to the last report.