In case you needed another reason to love In-N-Out, it looks as though they’re building upon their “quality you can taste” mantra with the introduction of antibiotic-free meat to their menu!
While the burger chain already uses the freshest ingredients when it comes to their hand-leafed lettuce and real American cheese, their 100 percent real beef burgers recently came under fire from a coalition of public interest groups, which urged In-N-Out to stop purchasing beef from farmers who regularly inject their livestock with antibiotics.
Cattle ranchers and poultry farmers commonly use antibiotics to prevent disease or make animals grow faster and larger. Consumer advocates have frowned upon the use of antibiotics, as it contributes to a rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over two million people in the United States become sick each year from drug-resistant bacteria, resulting in 23,000 annual deaths.
While no timeline has been set for the introduction of antibiotic-free beef to In-N-Out’s menu, Keith Brazeau, Vice President of Quality for the chain, said in a statement, “Our company is committed to beef that is not raised with antibiotics important to human medicine and we’ve asked our suppliers to accelerate their progress toward establishing antibiotic alternatives.”
Other fast food chains, such as Chick-fil-A and McDonald’s, have already committed to using meat and poultry from antibiotic-free farms, or at least ones that limit their use significantly. By removing antibiotics from their beef, In-N-Out will be providing us with one more guiltless reason to enjoy California’s cult favorite burger.