Target: KFC President Roger Eaton
Goal: Protect consumers from super-resistant bacteria by ending the purchase of meat from livestock raised with human antibiotics.
KFC is one of many restaurant chains that has received meat product from Tyson Foods, one of the largest meat producers in the world that has confirmed the use of human antibiotics in the process of raising livestock. KFC also recently received an “F” grade in the “Chain Reaction” report, released by the Center for Food Safety, which evaluates antibiotic usage in the meat supply of several restaurants. Excessive use of antibiotics in meat production is linked to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria capable of killing humans through infection. We cannot allow KFC to continue to endanger consumers by serving meat that was raised with excessive antibiotics.
KFC receives meat products from Tyson foods; Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson has admitted that, before birth, chicken eggs were vaccinated with gentamicin, a human antibiotic. While many Americans are unaware of the presence of antibiotics in the food that KFC produces, KFC is knowingly purchasing meat from producers that raise livestock with human antibiotics and is continuously disregarding warnings about the effects that the overuse of these antibiotics can have on the health of customers.
The FDA has concluded that excessive use of human antibiotics enables bacteria that were formerly susceptible to antibiotics to develop resistance, resulting in the rise of human infections that are life-threatening. In response, many restaurants have either implemented strict policies regarding the excessive use of antibiotics in their meat products, or have set a goal to exclusively buy meat that is raised without this dangerous practice. It’s time for KFC to follow in the footsteps of other restaurant chains and adopt a policy to only buy chicken that is antibiotic-free.
Dear Mr. Eaton,
Your company’s willingness to risk the lives of its customers by feeding them meat that was raised with human antibiotics is of grave concern. Your company is one of the world’s largest fried chicken chains and this lack of restriction on the use of meat raised with human antibiotics makes consumers in over one hundred countries susceptible to infection by life-threatening bacteria.
While it is a major change that may seem time-consuming, dedicating the time to implement a new policy regarding the use of antibiotics in the meat products your company is buying will be beneficial to both your company and its customers. This is a measure that several of your competitors have already adopted in the interest of guaranteeing the safety of their customers. It’s your turn to accept this responsibility and commit to buying chicken that is raised without antibiotics, for the sake of consumer protection.
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