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McDonald's released guidelines on Tuesday for suppliers of beef in its top 10 sourcing countries to curb the use of antibiotics as the fast-food giant joins a broad effort to battle dangerous superbugs.
The fast food chain is the largest in the world and is one of the biggest buyers of beef.
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Its new guidelines require that all of its suppliers begin phasing out antibiotics from their animals.
Over-prescription of antibiotics as well as our exposure to the drugs via their widespread use in livestock have fueled human antibiotic resistance which the World Health Organization (WHO) considers highest-priority threat to human health.
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It also urged suppliers to adopt a tiered approach to the use of antibiotics, encouraging them them to only use the antibiotics considered most critical by the WHO only as the last resort.
In 2016, 18.4 million pounds of antibiotics were sold to animal agriculture businesses.
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That year actually marked the first since 2009 in which there was a decline in the use of antibiotics in livestock.
Currently antibiotics are used not only to treat illness in animals but as a preventative measure as well.
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