Fast food restaurant chain Wendy’s is testing antibiotic-free chicken items in a handful of markets as it evaluates a broader move away from antibiotics in the meat.
Its current antibiotic plans bans some antibiotics but not all: “Wendy’s policy strictly prohibits the use of antibiotics that are medically important to humans for the sole purpose of growth promotion. We believe that antibiotics used in livestock and poultry should only be used for the prevention, control and treatment of disease.”
As part of the test, four test markets (Orlando, Gainesville, Kansas City and Austin) will sell grilled chicken raised without any antibiotics to gauge consumer perception and supply availability.
The test follows several other initiatives in the fast food space and the broader food industry to cut down on the use of antibiotics.