Exclusive: McDonald's USA to phase out human antibiotics from chicken supply

March 4, 2015 2:42 PM

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(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp's U.S. restaurants will gradually stop buying chicken raised with antibiotics vital to fighting human infections, the most aggressive step by a major food company to force chicken producers to change practices in the fight against dangerous "superbugs".

The world's biggest restaurant chain will announce on Wednesday that within two years McDonald's USA will only buy chicken raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine. McDonald's policy will begin at the hatchery, where chickens sometimes are injected with antibiotics while still...

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