Consumer groups urge In-N-Out Burger to reduce antibiotics use in beef

Posted at 1:53 PM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 16:57:14-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)--Consumer, food safety, environmental and public interest groups sent a letter Thursday to In-N-Out Burger, calling on the fast-food chain to stop selling beef produced with antibiotics.

30 groups signed the letter, including CALPIRG, Center for Food Safety, and Friends of the Earth.   Representatives delivered it to In-N-Out Burger's corporate headquarters in Irvine, along with a timeline for meeting the commitment to sell hamburgers free of antibiotics.

According to CALPIRG, In-N-Out committed in February 2016 to eliminate routine antibiotic use from its beef supply but has yet to provide public information on its progress.

"In-N-Out made a promise to the public, and the company should follow through.  It's that simple," said Jason Pfeifle, Public Health Advocate with CALPIRG Education Fund.  "Fifteen months is more than enough time to set a clear timeline for switching to beef raised with routine antibiotics."