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|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
“We began serving meat from animals raised without antibiotics in 1999
and continue to be a leader in this area today,” said
“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
Antibiotic resistant disease is becoming an increasingly big problem.
Chain Reaction III was conducted by six of the leading public
interest organizations working to curb the routine use of antibiotics in
industrial animal agriculture, including the
Scoring criteria for Chain Reaction III evaluate restaurants offering chicken, beef, turkey and pork. The scorecard awards a total of 100 total points in three key areas: 1) policy regarding antibiotic use; 2) the implementation of antibiotic policies; and 3) transparency. If a company serves only three types of meat or poultry, the maximum possible score is 75 points; with two meats the maximum number of points available is 50 points. Chipotle, which does not serve turkey, earned 73 out of 75 points possible or 97% of the total points available for the company.
The complete Chain Reaction III Report and Scorecard is available here. Additional information about Chipotle’s ingredients, including meat from animals raised without antibiotics is available at Chipotle.com/food-with-integrity.
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