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A&W now serves only antibiotic-free pork

The Canadian quick-service restaurant chain’s bacon, sausage links and sausage patties are now all from pork raised without the use of antibiotics


A&W English Muffin Bacon & Egger

A&W English Muffin Bacon & Egger

North Vancouver-based A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. has announced that all of its pork products – including bacon, sausage links and sausage patties – are now from pork that is raised without the use of antibiotics. This follows on the heels of an announcement earlier this year, in February, that all of the bacon served at A&W would be made from pork raised without antibiotics. According to the company, this makes A&W the first North American restaurant chain to serve only pork raised without the use of antibiotics.

“Mornings can be hard, and A&W wants to make them a little easier,” says Susan Senecal, president and Chief Operating Officer, A&W. “At A&W, we love good food, and are on a mission to improve our menu and serve food that ‘fast foodies’ can feel good about.”

A&W's All-Canadian Special

A&W’s All-Canadian Special

The launch of the chain’s “Pork Guarantee” is A&W’s next step in its “Ingredients Guarantee,” which it refers to as “a journey to source simple, great-tasting ingredients, farmed with care.” This journey launched three years ago, and has seen A&W make a number of changes: the chain was the first national quick service burger restaurant in Canada to serve beef raised without the use of added hormones or steroids in 2013; chicken raised without the use of antibiotics and eggs from hens fed a vegetarian diet without animal by-products in 2014; and organic, Fair Trade coffee in 2015.


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1 Comment » for A&W now serves only antibiotic-free pork
  1. Gord Hardy says:

    It is such a shame A&W is ruining the credibility of our trusted farming community by thinking they know better than our food science experts. With their hope of convincing consumers all the food they are eating elsewhere is full of medicine and added hormones.Farmers follow strict regulations as do restaurant’s and food service and neither should try to degrade the other to sway consumer preference. This is one of the reasons why we see our Livestock industry struggling trying to win back consumer confidence.
    Shame on you A&W.
    I was once a customer but now spend my hard earned money elsewhere. Go back to being a good fast food restaurant like the one that made you, and leave the food safety to the experts.

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