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CBS News reports that 22 of the top 25 US hamburger chains have “received a failing grade in a review assessing their practices and policies on antibiotics use in their beef products.” The review was conducted by the Center for Food Safety, Consumer Reports, Food Animal Concerns Trust, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Friends of the Earth, and Natural Resources Defense Council.

The “F” grade was assigned because the chains lacked “any announced policy to source beef raised without the routine use of antibiotics.”

Among the chains failing the test were McDonald’s, Burger King, Sonic, Jack in the Box, Whataburger, Five Guys, In-N-Out, SmashBurger, and Krystal.

Wendy’s got a D because “15 percent of its beef is sourced from producers that cut the use of tylosin, an antibiotic, by one-fifth.”

Only two chains got an A - Shake Shack and BurgerFi.

The story notes that “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls antibiotic resistance ‘one of the biggest public health challenges of our time.’ The World Health Organization (WHO) calls it ‘one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.’

“'Each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die,’ the CDC says.”

USA Today reports that Arby’s is venturing into an unusual area for a fast food chain - starting next weekend, it will begin serving a seared duck sandwich in 16 locations, and in “limited quantities.”

The offering is said to coincide with many states’ duck hunting season.

The sandwich will feature, according to the story, “a premium duck breast, smoked cherry sauce, crispy onions all on a signature Arby's bun.”

The paper says that this “is not the first time Arby’s has paid homage to hunters. Two years ago, the company released a venison sandwich in select markets to celebrate the start of hunting season. Additionally, the company debuted an elk sandwich last year in three locations in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana — three states where elk hunting is popular.”

• The New York Times reports that social media is awash in rumors that Coca-Cola may be discontinuing Tab, the diet soft drink that it introduced in 1963, long before it brought out Diet Coke. However, the company says that this isn’t true, though its largest bottler has “discontinued offering Tab in stores in portions of its 14-state territory, which includes Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina and the District of Columbia.”

The story notes that such rumors - which prompt cries of outrage and petitions delivered to Coke headquarters - emerge every once in a while.

The Times notes that Publix stores in the affected region have been securing Tab from Florida stores, where it still is being sold.
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