A group of investors, the Congregation of Benedictine Sisters in Boerne, Texas, filed a shareholder proposal today and is pushing hamburger behemoth McDonald’s to a healthier brand of food, that would prohibit suppliers from using antibiotics on animals.
“We question why this important commitment isn’t also being applied to the beef and pork they source, as hamburgers are a mainstay of McDonald’s business. This double-standard makes no sense to us,” said Sr. Susan Mika of the Congregation of the Benedictine Sisters of Boerne.
McDonald’s previously stated it would reduce the use of antibiotics in chickens, but according to the group the standard has not changed on beef and pork products served at the thousands of McDonald’s Restaurants.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have repeatedly warned about the public health threat of antibiotic resistance and estimates 2 million Americans contract antibiotic-resistant infections every year resulting in 23,000 deaths.
A change would be a massive undertaking for the chain. McDonald’s recently announced plans to shift to cage-free eggs in the US, and that change alone will take 10 years.