McNuggets will never be the same after McDonald’s bans chickens raised with potentially harmful antibiotics.  

McDonald’s will stop serving chicken treated with antibiotics, a move which will undoubtedly impact food standards on a nationwide scale, and forever change the way you enjoy your McNuggets.

Over the course of the next two years, McDonald’s promises to only use chickens “raised without antibiotics important to human medicine,” in addition to milk “from cows that are not treated with rbST, an artificial growth hormone,” the fast-food conglomerate announced on Wednesday.

Considering McDonald’s is the second-largest poultry buyer in the United States, the agriculture industry will have no choice other than to adapt to the new and healthier standards.

“Our customers want food that they feel great about eating – all the way from the farm to the restaurant – and these moves take a step toward better delivering on those expectations,” McDonald’s President Mike Andres said.

Animal agriculture is one of the largest contributors to antibiotic resistance in the U.S. – an issue that has teetered toward a crisis as of late.

“Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections,” according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Because of McDonald’s size and stature, other fast-food companies are likely to follow suit and similarly vow to serve antibiotic-free chicken, reinforcing new industry standards.

In the same release, McDonald’s said that they have joined the U.S. Roundtable on Sustainable Beef, which the company called a “critical step” in their commitment to source cows raised in an environmentally-friendly way.

“We will continue to look at our food and menu to deliver the kind of great tasting and quality choices that our customers trust and enjoy,” Andres said.

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