Double Standards: Antibiotic Misuse by Fast Food Companies

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is becoming a serious global problem. It is estimated that it might lead to 10 million deaths per year and loss of outputs worth US $100 trillion by 2050. Antibiotic misuse in food-animal production is one of the key causes of AMR. This study examines select fast food restaurants in India to draw a comparison between their Indian and global (particularly US) positions to contain or end antibiotic presence in the meat they use. While these chains have committed to stringent regulation in the US and international markets, their Indian commitments leave a vague aftertaste. Extending their international standards to India will not only preempt government intervention but will also certainly help with sales as an informed consumerbase seeks healthier and more wholesome quick bites.