Wendy's moving toward antibiotic-free beef

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The QSR details its commitment in its 2017 corporate social responsibility progress report.
DUBLIN, Ohio – On Dec. 15, the Wendy’s Co. detailed plans to keep its commitment to decreasing the use of antibiotics in its supply chain. The company quantified its progress in its 2017 corporate social responsibility update.

In 2018, the company said it will buy 15 percent of its beef from producers that have pledged to reduce antibiotics routinely used in human medicine by 20 percent.
The quick-service restaurant (QSR) chain also said it is committed to increasing the amount of beef purchased from these producers and those following similar management practices. 

Wendy’s also successfully eliminated all antibiotics important to human medicine from its chicken supply a pledge it made earlier this year.  

In terms of pork production, the company stated that it only uses "market hogs," which are pigs raised specifically for that use. In addition, 100 percent of Wendy's supply chain is also part of the Pork Quality Assurance Plus program and operates under the federal Veterinary Feed Directive, which requires veterinary oversight of antibiotic use. The plan is for Wendy’s to have less antibiotics in this supply chain as well.

For the second year in a row, Wendy’s said it achieved 100-percent acknowledgement of its  supplier code of conduct encompassing nearly 300 domestic and international providers of food, paper and packaging.
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