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Report shows restaurants that use most antibiotics in meats

Consumers Union has released its third annual “Chain Reaction” report on the prevalence of antibiotics in meat products in America’s most popular chain restaurants. Sadly, the results show most of the restaurants have failed to improve, even in the face of drug-resistant superbugs. The rankings are based on each companies’ own policies for the use of antibiotic in meat and poultry products that they buy. Pumping chickens, cows and pigs full of antibiotics intended for humans is slowly destroying our ability to treat common infections. The U.N. has called it a growing concern and potential global health crisis. More than 23,000 people die annually in the U.S. from antibiotic-resistant infections each year, according the the CDC. To combat this problem, doctors and hospitals use antibiotics more judiciously than in the past, yet 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. aren’t intended for human use anyway, but rather in animal agriculture. “The nation’s fast food restaurant chains are…

Get free food on your birthday from these 85 restaurants

September is the most common month for births in the U.S., with the 9th, 19th, 12th, 17th, and 10th being the top five most popular birth dates. September birthday folks will soon get to wake up to well wishes from friends and family on Facebook, phone calls, cards and, if they’re lucky, maybe some gifts or flowers, too. But restaurants know what people really wish for when those candles blow out — free food. Wishes can come true. Here is a list of the best birthday freebies from across the country available to birthday diners this month and any month. Just be sure to call ahead to make sure your local spot honors the deal. A&W All American Food Want a free root beer float on your birthday? Sign up for the A&W Mug Club, and it’s all yours. Applebee’s Dessert is on the house. Just sign up for the Eclub. Arby’s The fast-food chain…

Where to score Free French Fries on National French Fry Day

Would you like fries with that? Today, the answer is YES! Today marks the celebration for one of America’s favorite comfort foods, National French Fry Day (July 13), so grab your favorite ketchup — Heinz, obviously — and head to one of these french fry hot spots and take advantage of the select starchy freebies. McDonald’s: Use the Golden Arch’s app to score free medium fries today and every day through Sept. 7. Arby’s: Curly fry lovers can get excited over this offer. Order a Brown Sugar Bacon Sandwich and get a free order of fries — free drink, too! Bob Evans: Free sweet potato fries appetizer if you click on the Free Fries tab on the company’s Facebook page and print the coupon. Dairy Queen: Get an order of fries for just $1 today. May I suggest ordering a chocolate milkshake while you’re there for dunking? Chickie’s & Pete’s: Crabfries at $1 at…

McDonald’s ending longtime Olympic partnership

McDonald’s will no longer be a “Proud Sponsor of the Olympic Games.” In a surprise move, after 41 years of partnership, the world’s largest fast-food chain is ending it’s sponsorship of the world’s largest athletic competition — three years earlier than originally planned. McDonald’s Corp. was set to sponsor the Olympics through the 2020 Games, but according to a joint press release from the International Olympic Committee and the fast-food chain, McDonald’s executives have decided to take their business in a different direction. “As part of our global growth plan, we are reconsidering all aspects of our business and have made this decision in cooperation with the IOC to focus on different priorities,” McDonald’s global chief marketing officer Silvia Lagnado said. The financial details weren’t released, but the contract extension that McDonald’s signed in 2012 was worth about $200 million, ABC News reported. “We have mutually agreed with McDonald’s to part ways.…

This burger chain was just voted best burger in America

In the battle of the burger chains, it’s not the golden arches Americans are longing for. For the first time ever, Five Guys, was named Burger Restaurant Brand of the Year — ousting two-time honoree In-N-Out Burger — according to The Harris Poll. The Washington D.C. based burger joint beat out In-N-Out Burger, followed by Shake Shack, Wendy’s, Culver’s, Whataburger, McDonald’s, Sonic, Smashburger, and Steak ‘n’ Shake to take the top spot. Not surprisingly, McDonald’s still hold the highest in familiarity across all brands. “The burger brand category has become less fragmented, as regional brands expand and become available in more parts of the country,” said Joan Sinopoli, vice president of brand solutions at The Harris Poll. “This is certainly the case with Five Guys, who has shed its ‘small regional player’ designation as it expands its footprint and marketing budget along with its fandom, which is a tremendous contributor…

McDonald’s expands Shamrock Shake line for 2017

Mint and chocolate lovers rejoice! McDonald’s is adding four new “Chocolate Shamrock Shakes” to its  menu. In addition to the annually offered vanilla and mint “Shamrock Shake,” the fast-food chain will also be blending a new Chocolate Shamrock Shake, a Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe, a Shamrock Hot Chocolate and a Shamrock Mocha, reported Brand Eating. If the Chocolate Shamrock Shake sounds familiar, it’s because it was on the McDonald’s “secret menu”—that is, items available to those “in the know”—for a number of years. Well, somethings are too good not to share, and we’ll thank our lucky shamrocks, they decided to add these to the seasonal offerings. Original Shamrock Shake – Vanilla soft serve and mint-flavored Shamrock Shake syrup served with whipped topping and a maraschino cherry. New this year is a sprinkling of green sugar crystals—because if you’re counting, by this point, why worry about a few extra calories. Chocolate…