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Letter From the Editor: It’s Antibiotic Resistance That’s Hard


Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Panera and, most recently, Subway have made public pronouncements indicating their intentions to source their poultry and meat from producers who don’t use antibiotics. The promises usually involve some time in the future, or an extended phase-in period. These announcements usually follow some noise by activists, who are guilty of greatly simplifying… Continue Reading

Report Ranks Antibiotics Policies at Fast Food Chains

Only Chipotle and Panera get an A grade on antibiotics policies and sourcing practices, and most other fast food chains fail, according to a report by the Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Keep Antibiotics Working, Consumers Union, Center for Food Safety, and Food Animal Concerns Trust. Chick-fil-a gets a B, while Dunkin’ Donuts… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Ban Deoxyribonucleic Acid and Dihydrogen Monoxide?


The former USDA Undersecretary for Food Safety, Dr. Richard Raymond, lives just down the road a piece. He’s always good for pointing out something we’ve missed, or setting us straight, or both. He recently called out the latest Food Demand Survey conducted by Food and Agriculture Economist Jayson Lusk at Oklahoma State University. As a… Continue Reading

More Artificial Ingredients Coming Off Panera’s Menu

Fast casual restaurant chain Panera is expanding the list of additives they won’t allow in their food. The company announced Tuesday that, by the end of 2016, all of the food in its U.S. bakery-cafes will be free of artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners and flavors. New “clean” salad dressings free of artificial ingredients will be… Continue Reading

Panera Bakery Cafe Chain Phasing Out Artificial Ingredients

Panera Bread Company of St. Louis, MO, announced Tuesday that it will phase out by the end of 2016 artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives from the food served in its 1,800 bakery cafes across the U.S. About the company’s “comprehensive food policy,” posted here, Ron Shaich, founder, chairman and CEO, said, “Panera was founded… Continue Reading

McDonald’s to Add Calorie Counts to Menus

The trend in labeling calories on menus got super sized Wednesday when McDonald’s announced that it will include calorie information next to all menu items starting next week. The company says it will now provide calorie counts across the board in all of its 14,000 U.S. locations, making it the first nationwide fast food chain… Continue Reading