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Chipotle Scores “A” in Chain Reaction III Study on Antibiotic Use in Farm Animals

Chipotle Scores “A” in Chain Reaction III Study on Antibiotic Use in Farm Animals

09/27/2017

Chipotle Scores “A” in Chain Reaction III Study on Antibiotic Use in Farm Animals

Commitment to Meat Raised Responsibly Earns Chipotle Top Grade in Leading Antibiotic Study for Three Consecutive Years

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) has earned an “A” grade in the Chain Reaction III Report and Scorecard, a ranking of the country’s largest fast food and fast casual restaurant companies based on their policies for antibiotic use in farm animals. Chipotle has earned “A” grades in each of the three years the study has been conducted.

“We began serving meat from animals raised without antibiotics in 1999 and continue to be a leader in this area today,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and CEO at Chipotle. “Doctors, public health officials and other experts agree that there is a growing risk of antibiotic-resistant infection, and the overuse of antibiotics in meat production is a significant part of that problem. Good animal husbandry reduces the need for antibiotics in livestock and promotes better animal welfare. We have simply chosen to serve meat raised in a way that emphasizes care over the use of chemicals.

“We made that decision simply because we thought it was the right thing to do – the right thing for farmers, for animal welfare, and for human health. While we are pleased to see other restaurant companies following our lead on this issue, this report shows there is still more work to be done across the industry, and we hope that others will make this a priority in the same way that Chipotle has.”

Of the 25 restaurant companies surveyed for the report, only two received “A” grades (including Chipotle), while 11 received “F’s.” Chipotle earned an “A” scoring 97% of the total points possible.

Chipotle began its journey to serve Responsibly Raised®-brand meat, from animals raised in more humane ways and without the use of antibiotics or added hormones, when it started serving pork from Niman Ranch in 1999. Today, all of the company’s meat comes from animals raised without the routine use of antibiotics.

Antibiotic resistant disease is becoming an increasingly big problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that at least 23,000 people die each year from antibiotic resistant infections. One cause of the mounting problem of antibiotic-resistant illness is the routine use of antibiotics in industrial animal agriculture. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some 70% of all medically important antibiotics sold in the U.S. are intended for animal agriculture, not for the treatment of human illness.

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