Fast-food chicken bias finger
New Delhi: An NGO claimed on Monday that several fast-food multinationals had set timelines abroad to eliminate from their food chain chicken exposed to unnecessary antibiotics but remain silent about their plans in India.
The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said it had found that some global giants had eliminated or would eliminate chicken exposed to medically important antibiotics in other countries.
The CSE said it had sought responses from 11 multinational and three domestic companies. It received responses from four multinational brands - Domino's Pizza, Subway, Dunkin Donuts and Burger King - and two Indian brands - Barista and Cafe Coffee Day.
"None of the six who responded shared any timelines they have for similar action in India," Amit Khurana, head of the food safety and toxins programme, told The Telegraph.
The companies said their practices met all the regulatory requirements in India, Khurana said. Indian laws do not specifically prohibit the use of medically important antibiotics on poultry or livestock farms, whereas regulations are tighter in many other countries.
Barry Sum, director of corporate relations in Asia Foundational Markets, McDonald's, said the company was "working with suppliers, academic advisers, scientists and non-governmental organisations on sourcing our food and packaging responsibly and sustainably".
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