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Their event was one of dozens across the state all coordinated by MASSPIRG. Along with other large advocacy groups, MASSPIRG had gathered around 270,000 signatures petitioning Subway to make this change.
Campus Organizer Basmajian, along with Chapman and Grassroots Coordinator John Kelly, were all in high spirits as students had their pictures taken in front of the cardboard signature sub sandwich they used as part of their campaign.
“[It’s] so great,” said sophomore Mackenzie Cutler. “I’m so happy about it.”
“Today’s consumer is ever more mindful of what they are eating, and we’ve been making changes to address what they are looking for,” said Dennis Clabby, executive vice president of Subway’s Independent Purchasing Cooperative (IPC) in a press release on Oct. 20. “A change like this will take some time, particularly since the supply of beef raised without antibiotics in the U.S. is extremely limited and cattle take significantly longer to raise. But we are working diligently with our suppliers to make it happen.”
“It feels great to know that I was a part of something that was national,” said Kelly when asked about the success of the campaign.
This news comes as MASSPIRG, along with other major public interest groups like the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), had been stepping up their pressure on the worldwide chain to make the switch.
“We just got the biggest fish,” said Mitchell Chapman, the Campaign Coordinator for MCLA’s MASSPIRG campaign. “[And] with Subway, their plan [starts in] a matter of months,”
Its current antibiotic plans bans some antibiotics but not all: “Wendy’s policy strictly prohibits the use of antibiotics that are medically important to humans for the sole purpose of growth promotion. We believe that antibiotics used in livestock and poultry should only be used for the prevention, control and treatment of disease.”
As part of the test, four test markets (Orlando, Gainesville, Kansas City and Austin) will sell grilled chicken raised without any antibiotics to gauge consumer perception and supply availability.