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ABC News: Super-Sized Changes to the Golden Arches' Chicken Menu

McDonald's, the world's largest fast food chain, said it's phasing out the use of chicken with antibiotics over the next two years in the U.S.
By
Chris Nguyen

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- There is a super-sized announcement from McDonald's. The world's largest restaurant chain will change how it prepares some of its most popular menu items.

"It's tasty, it's quick, it's super easy to eat," said Ryan Roster, who is a McDonald's loyalist.

Word has been spreading fast of the company's new policy regarding its chicken.

Within two years, farms that supply McDonald's U.S. restaurants will only be allowed to administer antibiotics not used for humans to help keep chickens healthy.

"I bet most people didn't even know there were antibiotics in the first place, they're like, oh, they're reducing it, cool. Like, moving on with my life, it's such a, i think it's such a small manner now," said Ryan, who lives in San Jose.

Jocelyn Huynh visits the restaurant on a weekly basis. But she says the announcement doesn't sway her to one side or another.

"Everyone has different preferences. People consume different foods, and I feel like with me personally, it wouldn't change much," explained Huynh.

However, that change is welcome news to CALPIRG, a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests. 

"They're giving antibiotics daily to animals, in food and water, to prevent illnesses and promote faster growth. This is unnecessary, inappropriate and makes all of us less safe," said Emily Rusch with CALPIRG. 

According to CALPIRG, 70 percent of all antibiotics sold are used in livestock and chicken. Restaurant owner, Kevin Tang, of the Boba Bar says he's gone to great lengths to avoid that type of poultry.

"Our chicken comes in fresh every day, we cook our chicken fresh every day, that's something that a lot of restaurants can't say," said Tang.

Some people believe the announcement is meant to bolster sales, as McDonald's has seen a decline in recent years, but others wonder if it's already too late.

"I like that they are trying, and trying to improve their food, but for me, I do not like eating there," said Lucia Fajardo, a Fairfield restaurant, of the American icon simply trying to retain its golden symbol.

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