In-N-Out fans have one more reason to brag about their burger of choice, thanks to the chain’s recent decision to give the fans what they’ve been asking for: burgers not treated with antibiotics important to human medicine.

In-N-Out’s fresh ingredient policy is a large draw for the restaurant’s fans. Customers standing in line can even watch as fresh potatoes are cut into strips before they’re turned into fries. But the restaurant has fallen behind in terms of antibiotic-free meat. Shake Shack even boasts on its website that you will never find any antibiotic-treated meat in its product. In-N-Out, on the other hand, has only recently released a statement on the issue after being pressured into serving antibiotic-free meat. Keith Brazeau, In-N-Out’s vice president of quality, explains to Reuters,

“Our company is committed to beef that is not raised with antibiotics important to human medicine and we’ve asked our suppliers to accelerate their progress towards establishing antibiotic alternatives,”

Although the statement isn’t a definitive answer as to when this alternative will emerge, hopefully this means we are one step closer to a antibiotic-free or even a veggie burger option at In-N-Out. Kari Hamerschlag from Friends of the Earth explains,

“In-N-Out Burger’s recent statement is an important step forward. Now, the company needs to provide the public with a timeline showing that it’s serious about eliminating everyday use of antibiotics in its beef production.” 

Time to step it up, In-N-Out.

[via Reuters, FOE]