CANADA, Toronto. McDonald's Canada is following the example of the US chain and moving to source only chicken raised without medically-important antibiotics. The change will be implemented in the next three years.
McDonald’s Canada said in a statement that it will only source chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine, the farmers who supply chicken for its menu will continue to responsibly use ionophores.
Chicken Farmers of Canada said in a statement that the move is consistent with the overall direction of the Canadian chicken industry and plays a role in advancing Canada’s ongoing, long-term Antimicrobial Use (AMU) Strategy.
The organisation said that the preventive use of Category I antibiotics had already been achieved throughout the Canadian chicken sector. Category I antibiotics are those considered most important to human health.