NEW YORK — Chipotle Mexican Grill is reviewing a change to start using beef that has been treated with antibiotics, but said no decision has yet been made on the matter.
The Denver-based chain stressed in a press release Tuesday that its beef, chicken and pork continues to come from animals that are not given antibiotics or added hormones whenever possible. But it said it’s considering tweaking its “responsibly raised” meat standards to allow meat from animals that have been given antibiotics to treat illnesses.
The statement was issued after a Bloomberg story noted the change; Chris Arnold, a spokesman for Chipotle, said he had incorrectly stated the new policy had been decided, even though it was still under review.
Under Chipotle’s current definition of meat it considers “responsibly raised,” the company says animals aren’t treated with antibiotics under any circumstances.