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Louisville Courier-Journal

Matthew Frentz

It’s that large chain restaurants are trying to one-up their competition by serving higher quality foods, or at least portraying themselves as doing so.

KFC recently announced a of its food to focus on quality and traditional cooking. They say that’s what consumers want. I strongly agree, but — it has not committed to serving meat raised without the routine use of antibiotics.

As public health experts continue to sound the alarm, about the dangers of antibiotic resistance. Roughly 70 percent of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used on livestock and poultry, often on animals that aren’t even sick. This contributes to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Increasingly, consumers are looking for meat not raised on antibiotics. Some of KFC’s competitors like Chick-fil-A, and have all caught on and have made strong commitments to meet consumer demands.

If KFC wants folks to give their chicken another try, it should be raised without the routine use of antibiotics.

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