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Popeyes Announced It Will Be Removing This From Its Chicken Sandwich

The change will make the legendary menu item even better.

If you're team Popeyes in the raging Chicken Sandwich Wars, the latest news about your favorite entrant will make that delicious, crispy chicken item even more satisfying. Popeyes has announced that it will be upgrading all of the chicken products on its menu by removing the bad stuff you'll usually find in fast food. That includes artificial preservatives and antibiotics, which will be eliminated from Popeyes' recipes.

The chain has released a checklist of food quality commitments for the next five years, which will go a long way in making their food healthier and more sustainable. The new effort puts Popeyes at the same level as McDonald's, whose similar sustainability goals are well underway. (Related: McDonald's Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades.)

First and foremost, Popeyes is removing antibiotics from their chicken supply chain in the U.S. and Canada by the end of this year. Furthermore, the company will do away with colors, flavors, and preservatives derived from artificial sources from all fried chicken menu items by the end of 2022.

Better eggs were also part of the chain's animal welfare and sustainability goals. By the year 2025, the chain will be using cage-free eggs for 99% of all their egg needs globally, which include whole eggs, liquid eggs, egg products, and egg ingredients; by 2030, that percentage should reach 100.

Popeyes' packaging is becoming more sustainable, too. Foam cups will be replaced by paper cups, and by the end of this year, all of the chain's fiber-based packaging will be derived from certified forest-friendly or recycled materials.

These commitments will allow us all to feel better about heading to their drive-thru several times a week.

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Mura Dominko
Mura is ETNT's Executive Editor, leading the coverage of America's favorite restaurant chains, grocery stores, and viral food moments. Read more about Mura