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Statement by Jason Pfeifle, CALPIRG Public Health Advocate, on Subway's announcement that they will transition away from buying meat raised with antibiotics:
"Overusing antibiotics on livestock and poultry contributes to a major public health problem, antibiotic-resistant infections. People are increasingly aware of this, and customers have been hungry for meat raised without antibiotics.
"We're ecstatic that Subway will be living up to the healthy image they've created. They have more restaurants in the U.S. than any other chain, and their announcement will put major market pressure on the meat producers to stop overusing antibiotics."
"We were set to deliver over 300,000 petitions to Subway headquarters on Thursday, much of it from staff and volunteers who had blanketed neighborhoods across California and around the country since early this summer. It now looks like we'll deliver a giant "thank you" card instead."
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