By Jacqueline Salinas
On Tuesday, August 8th CALPIRG staff and volunteers will deliver petition signatures from thousands of San Diegans to a local KFC urging the fried chicken giant to stop serving meat raised with the routine use of antibiotics. Speakers will talk about the dangers of antibiotic resistance and how KFC can help stop it.
Antibiotic resistance is quickly becoming public enemy number one among health experts worldwide, especially true now with the recent emergence of a new “superbug” resistant to a last resort antibiotic, colistin. The majority of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. are for use on livestock and poultry, not in doctors’ offices, and often for animals that aren’t sick. Major restaurants like KFC can help stop that misuse of our life-saving medicines, as McDonald’s and Subway, and Chick-fil-A have all done. [Read more…]