Fast-food chains receive ‘F’ from ‘Consumer Reports’

2018 Scorecard indicates 7 of the 22 restaurants that received an "F" are available in Tallahassee.

A striking study in “Consumer Reports” indicates that 22 fast-food chains have received an “F” for the use of antibiotics in their beef products. They include

Burger King, Five Guys, Checkers, McDonald's, Whataburger, and Steak and Shake, all with outlets in the Tallahassee area.

According to “Consumer Reports,” “Giving healthy animals antibiotics to prevent diseases (especially) when being raised in crowded, unsanitary conditions is a major contributor to antibiotic resistance.”

Built up resistance to antibiotics can lead to serious illness or infection for consumers. A simple touch or the smallest bite has the potential for consumers to contract a serious infection from the meat.

Each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Consequently, these companies not only received their grades because they use antibiotics, but they also received their score because for some the initiative to develop an antibiotics policy did not exist.

The facts are shocking to some, but for others it is the sad realization that even though humans — especially college students – are aware of hazards that befall fast-food chains. Due to inadequate finances and lack of resources, there are not many alternatives available.

“It is important for us to know about these things as students and human beings in general. With there being such a large gap between the lower-class poverty-stricken community is hard,” Kaitlyn Jones, a FAMU student, said.

Jones said it’s difficult to tell someone that they should not eat a certain food because it is bad for them simply because it may be the only affordable option to sustain their hunger.

While the report is a wakeup call for some, it is an encouragement for others. The report reinforced Mickayla Sutherland’s healthy lifestyle. As a vegetarian, she makes it her duty to always check the ingredients for pesticides and any other chemicals to save herself from possible long-term consequences. “Some people think it’s just food, but it’s not just food –and that stuff goes inside our bodies.”

Some people grew up learning to steer clear of processed foods. Southside resident Mitchnikov Seide refuses to eat fast food. Seide stopped eating fast food at a young age and encourages others to stop as well.

For Seide, the benefits of preparing your own food outweigh any possible drawbacks a busy college student could think of. “Meal prep saves money and a lot of time. As a college student you cannot afford to eat out,” Seide said.