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Burger King says cut-back on antibiotics use does not apply in Kenya

A trader weighs chicken at his stall at City Market waiting for customers. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA
A trader weighs chicken at his stall at City Market waiting for customers. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA 

American fast food chain Burger King has said a pledge it made to cut down on usage of antibiotics in chicken in the US and Canada does not apply to the Kenyan market.

Restaurants Brands International, which owns Burger King, has committed to use chicken that are reared without antibiotics, but only for stores located in the two countries. The company will make the move in the US stores this year followed by Canada in 2018.

Heavy usage of antibiotics is blamed for increased cases of drug resistance in humans.

Burger King opened its first outlet at The Hub mall in Karen in November last year and is set to open more stores countrywide later in the year.

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