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Statement on Subway’s Switch to Meat Raised without Routine Antibiotics

For Immediate Release

Today, Subway announced it would stop serving chicken raised with antibiotics that are important to human health before March 2016 – and to stop serving pork and beef within the next six years, or by 2025.

WashPIRG campaign organizer Andrew Gage issued the following statement:

"Overusing antibiotics on livestock and poultry contributes to a major public health problem, antibiotic-resistant infections. People are increasingly aware of this, and customers have been hungry for meat raised without antibiotics."

"We're ecstatic that Subway will be living up to the healthy image they've created. They have more restaurants in the U.S. than any other chain, and their announcement will put major market pressure on the meat producers to stop overusing antibiotics."

"WashPIRG was set to help deliver over 300,000 petitions to Subway headquarters on Thursday, much of it from staff and volunteers who had blanketed neighborhoods around the country since early this summer, but it now looks like we'll deliver a giant ‘thank you’ card instead."

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