company that owns Kentucky Fried Chicken is facing new calls to stop
using poultry that has been treated with antibiotics.
US consumer groups will deliver a petition signed by more than 350,000
people to Yum Brands on Wednesday.
KFC has already promised to limit the use of human antibiotics in its
chicken by next year.
However, critics claim the policy effectively allows for routine use of
antibiotics by its chicken suppliers.
The chain does not allow the use of antibiotics to promote the growth of
poultry in line with federal government rules.
A KFC spokesperson said it was reviewing whether it could force
suppliers to go beyond Food and Drug Administration rules on antibiotics
"KFC is lagging woefully behind - diners around the country want KFC to
step up," said Lena Brook of the Natural Resources Defense Council,
which is one of the groups delivering petitions to KFC headquarters in
The action comes a day after Yum investors submitted a proposal asking
that the company to speed up plans to stop using antibiotics in its
Other Yum brand chains - Taco Bell and Pizza Hut - plan to cut the use
of chicken treated with antibiotics by early next year.
Medical experts warn that the routine use of antibiotics to promote
growth and prevent illness in farm animals contributes to the rise of
drug-resistant "superbug" infections that kill at least 23,000 Americans
each year and represent a significant threat to global health.