McDonald’s Canada said it will temporarily source the patties for its McChicken sandwiches from another supplier, and in the process the meat used in the sandwich will for the time being no longer be from chicken raised without antibiotics.
In a statement to the media, McDonald’s Canada said as a result of “ongoing disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic,” it opted to temporarily source McChicken patties from a “Canadian contingency supplier.”
“As a result, we will temporarily not meet our global commitment to source chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine for our McChicken sandwiches. Guests will not experience any difference in the taste, safety and quality of the McChicken they love,” the company stated.
“At McDonald’s Canada, we are proud of our global commitment to sourcing chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine, which goes above and beyond Canadian regulatory requirements. While we temporarily will not align with our global commitment with respect to our McChicken sandwiches, our guests can be confident that the chicken used is raised in accordance with Canadian regulatory standards. We aim to return to sourcing chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine for our McChicken sandwiches as soon as supply can catch up with demand.”
McNugget supplier also temporarily changed
The announcement involving McChicken patty supplies came several weeks after it announced it would temporarily source its McNuggets from a U.S. supplier. This decision was also made to keep the supply running while its regular supplier was dealing with complications from COVID-19. McDonald’s Canada had been sourcing its nuggets from the Cargill facility in London, Ontario, which suspended operations from April 13 to April 23.
“We aim to return to a fully Canadian McNuggets supply as soon as production at the London, Ontario, facility can safetly resume and catch up with the demand,” McDonald’s Canada stated on April 23.
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