McDonald’s fast-food restaurant chain said on Monday [15 August 2016] that meat suppliers for its restaurants in China must strictly follow China’s law and regulations on the use of antibiotics in beef cattle and poultry. ShareAction, a charity based in the United Kingdom, said last week that it had launched an online campaign asking people to email McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook telling him to stop the routine use of antibiotics in the company’s global livestock supply chain…Full Article: Aug 2016

Key Points

  • Although McDonald’s USA plans to stop sourcing chicken that has been raised with human-related antibiotics by March 2017, McDonald’s China will continue to use antibiotics in its chicken production.
  • According to a former chief economist at Goldman Sachs, China accounts for approximately 50% of the world’s antibiotic consumption, of which, 52% is consumed by livestock bred for the food industry.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In June 2016, McDonald’s Corporation was exploring selling its mainland Chinese and Hong Kong stores. Potential bidders include Bain Capital, TPG Capital, Carlyle Group, Beijing Capital Agribusiness Group, and GreenTree Hospitality.
  • In April 2015, McDonald’s announced it would close dozens of its restaurants in mainland China. As of mid-2015, McDonald’s China had more than 2,000 restaurants.
  • In October 1990, McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in mainland China (Shenzhen, Guangdong Province). In April 1992, McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in Beijing.
  • In 1975, McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in Hong Kong.

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