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McDonald’s Plans to Phase Out Chicken Fed Medically Important Antibiotics

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Fast-food giant McDonald’s announced Wednesday that, within two years, all of the chicken served at its 14,000 U.S. restaurants will come from farms which raised the birds without medically important antibiotics. The move could help limit the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture which contributes to an increase in antibiotic-resistant bugs that sicken humans. “Our customers want… Continue Reading

Fast-Food Chain Removes Soda From Kids’ Menus

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National fast-food chain Wendy’s is removing soda from its kids’ menus, acknowledging requests from consumer organizations, including MomsRising.org and the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Effective immediately, menus intended for children’s food options will not mention soda, although parents are still free to order it for their kids if they choose. The… Continue Reading

Plastic Reported in Chicken Nuggets From McDonald’s Outlet in Japan

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McDonald’s Japan and Cargill Inc., one of the fast-food company’s chicken suppliers in Asia, are apologizing and trying to reassure the public after a customer at a McDonald’s outlet in Misawa, Japan, reportedly found a 1.5-inch strip of vinyl in an order of chicken nuggets this past weekend. “I am confident that my family can… Continue Reading

Six Arrested in Chinese Scandal Over Expired Meat

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Chinese authorities in Shanghai have arrested six officials and employees from a subsidiary of the U.S. food supplier OSI Group in connection with the scandal involving expired meat served at a number of Western food chain franchises in China, according to Channel News Asia. The six, who were arrested this past Friday, work for Shanghai… Continue Reading

Four McDonald’s Restaurants Closed in Moscow Following Alleged Food Safety Complaints

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Four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow have been temporarily closed by Russia’s consumer watchdog agency known as Rospotrebnadzor, which claimed that the company had violated several sanitary laws. Rospotrebnadzor also announced that unscheduled visits would be made to McDonald’s outlets in the Urals in central Russia. McDonald’s officials said they were checking into the complaints and hoped to reopen… Continue Reading

A Food Safety ‘Belt and Suspenders’ System May be Emerging in China

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Government plans to strengthen laws, combined with dramatic increases in private spending, especially by Western companies, may signal the emergence of a “belt and suspenders” approach to finally making food safety a reality for China’s 1 million food producers. Walmart, which is No. 9 among China’s top retailers, will triple its food safety spending after… Continue Reading

McDonald’s, Gerber: No Plans to Use GMO Apple

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Edit (Nov. 8): This article has been amended to include a response from the creators of the Arctic Apple. The original headline read “McDonald’s, Gerber Reject GMO Apple.” Both fast-food giant McDonald’s and leading baby-food manufacturer Gerber have announced that they do not plan to sell or use the “Arctic” apple, the first genetically engineered apple… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: McDonald’s and E. coli, 30 Years Later

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A few weeks ago I was giving a talk at the Association of Health Care Journalists conference in Boston.  My talk was primarily an overview of where food safety has come since the Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in 1993.  At one point I introduced an article I found in 1993 at… Continue Reading

After Salmonella Investigation, Illinois McDonald’s Reopens

A Bloomington, Illinois McDonald’s restaurant that voluntarily closed down while being investigated as a possible link to a 12-person Salmonella outbreak, has been cleared to reopen, the McLean County Health Department (MCHD) announced on Sunday. According to MCHD, the restaurant was closed for Thanksgiving on Nov. 22 and then the owners chose to keep the… Continue Reading

Illinois McDonalds Closed for Salmonella Investigation

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Owners of a Bloomington, Illinois McDonalds voluntarily shut the establishment down last week after it was linked to a series of Salmonella infections. Bob and Julie Dobski, who own 9 McDonalds franchises in the Bloomington-Normal area, were informed by health officials Wednesday night that the South Main Street location had been connected to a cluster… Continue Reading