The SIDP Political Action Committee signed onto a letter that encourages the CEO of Yum! Food brands (Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut) to join other industry leaders such as Subway, McDonald’s, Chick-Fil-A, and Panera in efforts to use poultry raised without the routine use of medically-important antibiotics.
The letter reads in part, "We write you as representatives of organizations with millions of members to express our concerns about the overuse of antibiotics in livestock production, and to ask that Yum! make a strong, definitive public commitment on antibiotic stewardship in its meat and poultry supply chains.
Your recent decision to eliminate the use of antibiotics “critically important” to human medicine in your chicken supply by the end of 2016 is a positive step forward, but does not constitute a meaningful antibiotics use policy. Because very few antibiotics designated as “critically important” are used by the poultry industry, your focus on this very limited set of drugs may create the false impression that Yum! is taking substantial action, even though the vast majority of medically important antibiotic use would likely not be affected."