Taco Bell has made a pledge to reduce the use of antibiotics in an attempt to recognize consumers’ “growing food supply concerns, including animal welfare and antibiotic resistance.”
The company made a commitment in January 2019 to become more sustainable and this is an attempt to further that initiative.
Taco Bell said in a released statement the company plans to reduce antibiotics important to human health in its U.S. and Canada beef supply chain by 25 percent by 2025.
“This new policy around its dominant menu protein, beef, will better protect human, animal and environmental health,” the company said.
Taco Bell also said they will give preference to suppliers who are making measured reductions in their use of antibiotics.
Preference will also be given to suppliers who participate in the Beef Quality Assurance system, the company said.
Taco Bell plans on partnering with leaders in the industry, including the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and the Center for Disease Control’s Antimicrobial Resistance Challenge.
The company will share its progress with these goals in 2022.