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(AUDIO) Subway Deletes Facebook Comments After New Policy Of No Antibiotics Ever | Rural Radio Network

(AUDIO) Subway Deletes Facebook Comments After New Policy Of No Antibiotics Ever

(AUDIO) Subway Deletes Facebook Comments After New Policy Of No Antibiotics Ever
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I think it is important that we let those general managers and local owners know our opinion about the decision and how that will impact our family businesses.

- Ryan Goodman

In a press release on October 20, 2015, Subway announced their newest policy statement of “serving only protein from animals that have never received antibiotics.”

Subway’s press release says, “Beginning in March 2016, SUBWAY® customers across the U.S. will able to order meals made with chicken raised without antibiotics. Turkey raised without antibiotics will be introduced in 2016, with a completed transition expected within 2-3 years, and pork and beef raised without antibiotics will follow within six years after that.”

Subway’s statement is different from recent restaurant policy changes. McDonald’s reduced medically important antibiotics to humans from their poultry – not denying the use all together. In a previous interview on McDonald’s policy, Justin Ransom, Senior Director of Quality Systems for the U.S. Supply Chain Management for McDonald’s, said, “We didn’t come out with a policy that was no antibiotics ever. We felt the right thing to do was to continue the use of ionophores – an important anti-microbial that’s used in chicken production to prevent coccidiosis in the poultry industry – and ionophores allow us to raise birds that prevents them from getting sick.”

After Subway’s announcement was made on their Facebook page, the agriculture community took to social media to inquiry about the changes. Ryan Goodman, an agriculture blogger (Ag Proud Ryan) and involved in cattle production said, “Subway began deleting or hiding any comments that were in opposition to their announcement.”

Goodman did post a comment saying he believes antibiotics are used responsibly. He said it “only took six minutes for the comment to be deleted”. Goodman’s blog dives a little deeper.

The whole situation is a disappointment to livestock production. Goodman said, “Definitely a disappointment that they are requiring the use of no antibiotics ever and also that they have also been censoring quite a few comments from the agriculture community on their online forums.”

He shares advice on what the agriculture community can do. Goodman does want everyone to be respectful of the conversation and to those who can see it. He also says, “I think it is also important that we visit our local Subway restaurants. We have many Subway locations in rural farming and ranching communities across the country and I think it is important that we let those general managers and local owners know our opinion about the decision and how that will impact our family businesses.”

Subway is not taking interviews on the topic at this time. Their email response was, “Unfortunately, the SUBWAY brand is not making any representatives available for interview at this time.”

Audio below with Ryan Goodman:

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