Investors, Health Groups Urge Changes In Corporate Policies Impacting Antibiotics Use In Meat Supply, Tobacco Marketing On Social Media

CIDRAP News: Investors push restaurant chains to cut antibiotics in meat supply
“A new report from a global coalition of investors suggests the world’s largest fast food and casual dining companies are getting the message about their role in addressing antibiotic resistance. … The [Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return (FAIRR)] coalition, which includes 74 institutional investors that manage nearly $5 trillion in combined assets, first began engaging with companies in 2016, when it sent letters to 10 of the largest publicly listed companies in the fast food and casual dining sectors following a review that found the companies were not acknowledging their role in addressing antibiotic resistance. Ten more publicly listed companies were targeted in 2017. By 2018, all targeted companies had recognized the need to limit antibiotic use in their supply chains…” (Dall, 5/21).

Reuters: Citing Reuters report, health groups push tech firms to police tobacco marketing
“More than 100 public health and anti-tobacco organizations are calling on Facebook Inc., Instagram, Twitter, and Snap Inc. to take ‘swift action’ to curb advertising of tobacco products on their platforms. … No law specifically prevents online tobacco or e-cigarette marketing, but social media firms have policies limiting it. The health groups said in their letter that the use of online personalities creates a ‘loophole’ in those policies and allows ‘rampant marketing’ of tobacco and other nicotine products to youth…” (Kirkham, 5/22).