KFC said it plans to stop serving chicken raised with antibiotics important to human health. The change will be completed by the end of next year at its more than 4,000 U.S. restaurants. Other fast food companies have made similar pledges, including McDonald’s Corp.
Antibiotics given to chickens make them resistant to disease, which speeds up production and increases profits for factory farms.The overuse of the drugs causes resistant bacteria (superbugs) to build up in animals.
The superbugs are then transmitted to the humans who eat them.
The chain, owned by Louisville, Kentucky-based Yum Brands Inc., said it is also in the process of removing artificial colours and flavours from certain menu items by the end of 2018.