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Yum! Brands signs on to the Antimicrobial Resistance Challenge

The parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell joins the public commitment to advance its antimicrobial stewardship efforts.

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Published on September 05, 2019

In continuing to serve customers food they love and trust, Yum! Brands recently joined the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Challenge, a global commitment to accelerate the fight against antimicrobial resistance. The United States Centers for Disease Control leads the effort, which launched in September 2018 and includes governments, companies and non-governmental organizations focused on reducing or eliminating the use of antimicrobials, including antibiotics.

But before signing on, Yum!’s three iconic brands already made moves in this space, with Taco Bell announcing a Good Antimicrobial Stewardship Program to seek continuous improvement in its beef supply and provide consumers with the highest quality meat this past summer. The brand also declared a goal to reduce antibiotics important to human health in its U.S. and Canada beef supply chain by 25% by 2025.

For its part, Pizza Hut U.S. plans to remove antibiotics important to human medicine from chicken used for wings by 2022, and the U.S. arms of KFC, Pizza Hut (chicken toppings for its pizzas) and Taco Bell have already met public commitments to remove antibiotics important to human medicine from their poultry supply.

Yum!’s commitment to animal health and well-being is unwavering, and the AMR Challenge is another example of that. Read more about the company’s antimicrobial stewardship journey here.

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