Antibiotics

 

Illinois was the birthplace of mass-produced penicillin, a development that allowed the world to access the life-saving drugs. But now, amid a global health crisis, Illinois is working to save these same medicines.

News Release | Illinois PIRG | Antibiotics

New Bill: Keep Antibiotics Safe Act

After a recent study increased the estimate of annual deaths from antibiotic resistant infections in the United States to as high as 160,000, Senator David Koehler (D, Peoria) introduced the Keep Antibiotics Safe Act (SB1186) to ban the routine use of antibiotics in food production.

With antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" becoming a growing public health crisis, Domino's Pizza is choosing to fight, rather than address, a call to action.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided that the economic benefits of spraying antibiotics on millions of citrus trees outweighs the cost of potential antibiotic resistance.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Antibiotics

Fast food and football: who scores, who fumbles?

With Super Bowl LIII coming up Sunday, Americans have foods such as hamburgers and pizza on their minds -- and many corporations (such as Budweiser) are touting their socially-responsible deeds in commercials.

But many corporate deeds go under the radar. In late January, two companies closely identified with football made big plays. One scored. One fumbled.

For the past year or so, there was only one holdout among the largest chicken producers in the U.S. on action to keep life-saving antibiotics working. Now there are none.

News Release | Illinois PIRG Education Fund | Antibiotics

McDonald’s Leads as Champion for Public Health

Today, McDonald’s released a new policy to restrict medically important antibiotic use in its beef supply chain. The company will monitor antibiotic use in its top ten beef sourcing markets and set reduction targets for medically important antibiotic use by the end of 2020. Principles in the policy include restricting the routine use of the drugs to prevent disease, a practice that the World Health Organization recommends ending because it breeds antibiotic resistant bacteria. As the largest beef purchaser in the United States, McDonald’s new commitment could spark an industry-wide change to help keep antibiotics effective.

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