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Three Reasons McDonald's Is Tackling Antibiotics in Chicken

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In an effort to turn around slumping U.S. sales and improve the perception of its ingredients, McDonald's is making its first big move towards sustainably sourced food by shifting into antibiotics-free chicken.

The surprise announcement on Wednesday comes just days after the fast-food giant welcomed its new chief executive officer, Steve Easterbrook. The policy calls for a gradual transition to serving chicken free of certain antibiotics at U.S. stores, as well as milk from cows that are not treated with artificial growth hormone rBST. But McNuggets and chicken sandwiches will not be totally antibiotic-free: Farmers selling to McDonald's "will continue to use ionophores, a type of antibiotic not used for humans," according to the company's press release