McDonald's announced on Wednesday that it would begin to phase out buying chickens treated with antibiotics that are commonly used in humans.
This move is good news in the fight against superbugs, antibiotic-resistant infections that take the lives of about 23,000 Americans each year. The overuse of antibiotics leads to these drug-resistant strains of bacteria, and health experts are concerned that treating animals used for food with human antibiotics is accelerating the problem.
It's heartening that both consumers and companies are becoming more aware of what's in their food. The next step is listening to consumers who want better animal welfare practices for animals kept in farms.