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McDonald’s returns to 100% Canadian beef after COVID-19 supply chain issues

The fast-food chain said in late April it would import beef from pre-approved suppliers and facilities outside the country

August 13, 2020  The Canadian Press

TORONTO — McDonald’s Canada says it will return to sourcing only Canadian beef in September after having to import beef temporarily due to COVID-19.

The fast-food chain said in late April it would import beef from pre-approved suppliers and facilities outside the country due to limited processing capacity at Canadian suppliers.

The news came after an outbreak forced the temporary shutdown of a Cargill processing plant near High River, Alta.

McDonald’s says more than 80% of its beef supply continued to come from Canadian sources on average during this time.

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McDonald’s Canada started using only Canadian beef in 2003.

It primarily comes from ranches and farms in Alberta and Saskatchewan.