NCBA and KLA provided accurate information about antibiotic use in cattle production to media covering a negative report this week. The report, issued by a number of anti-meat activist groups, graded the 25 largest fast food and fast casual restaurants on their meat sourcing and antibiotics policies. Of the restaurants included in the report, 23 received D and F grades.
During interviews with national and local media, NCBA, a contractor to the beef checkoff, and KLA emphasized ranchers work with veterinarians to ensure antibiotics are used correctly. Spokespersons for the organizations explained that withholding treatment from a sick animal would be inhumane. KLA reminded consumers no beef with antibiotic residues exceeding Food and Drug Administration standards is allowed in the food supply.