Antibiotic resistance poses a threat to global health and food security. And McDonald's — one of the globe's largest purchasers of beef — gets it: The more that antibiotics are given to livestock, the more quickly bacteria could adapt and become resistant to it. Ultimately, experts say this could render the drugs ineffective for people. ARAC Director Dr. Lance B. Price weighs in.
ARAC in the News
December 11, 2018 -- For more than a year, ARAC staff has been advising McDonald's on a new policy it was creating to limit the use of medically important antibiotics in its beef supply chain. As the largest fast food company in the world, McDonald's has the ability to change markets and tackle the pressing public health issue of antibiotic resistance.
ARAC Director Dr. Lance Price was a co-author on a new study, Drivers and Dynamics of Methicillin-Resistant Livestock-Associated Staphylococcus aureus CC398 in Pigs and Humans in Denmark.
When you buy raw meat in the grocery store, what you're bringing home is often more than dinner. “The chances of you buying a product that is contaminated with drug-resistant-bacteria is very high,” said Dr Lance Price. Price.
Antibiotic resistance is a serious public health threat that demands immediate action from all sectors of society. So that's why we're excited to join The Global Antimicrobial Resistance Challenge, an initiative led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that launches today during the United Nations General Assembly. The challenge calls on governments, private industry and civil society to commit to taking actionable steps that further progress in combating antibiotic resistance around the world.