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McDonald's drops German chicken provider

The Local · 10 Mar 2012, 14:41

Published: 10 Mar 2012 14:41 GMT+01:00

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According to a report by the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Saturday, the fast food chain has banned all deliveries from the Lower Saxon poultry producer Wiesenhof.

"We've told our deliverers not to take in anymore Wiesenhof meat," a McDonald's spokesman told the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The spokesman said renewed allegations against Wiesenhof and the temporary closure by authorities of one of their slaughterhouses in Möckern, Saxony-Anhalt at the end of last month had caused McDonald's to cease deliveries as a precautionary measure.

About three percent of McDonald's poultry meat sold in Germany has in the past come from Wiesenhof, but the spokesman said that no Wiesenhof meat has been delivered to German McDonald's restaurants in the past three months.

"As soon as Wiesenhof has proven that past legitimate complaints can be ruled out in the future, McDonald's Germany will consider reinstating Wiesenhof as a supplier," the spokesman added.

The Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that the fast food chain is the first large company to react to the hygiene complaints at Wiesenhof.

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McDonald's has said it hasn't found any proof of poor standards during its own tests of the Wiesenhof meat, but has halted deliveries to prevent damage to its own image.

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17:02 March 10, 2012 by raandy
Last year we prepared around 100 chicken wings for a BBQ. They were Wiesenhof and I washed them in the sink 3 times before that nasty brown water became clear

18:06 March 10, 2012 by Karl_Berlin
I first read about this company in an animal welfare magazine a couple of years back and have refused to buy anything from them since.
01:07 March 11, 2012 by anaverageguy
It's interesting that they are still adults who think that the fluid that circulates within a live chicken is clear. What do you suppose that nasty brown fluid you find with beef liver is?

And lets think about what you would read about eating meat from an animal welfare organization. Do you suppose that there is EVER an instance where they say it's okay to kill and eat an animal? Perhaps only if the subject was bored to death, having been forced to listen to a lecture about how solar in power in North central Europe was on the brink of economic viability and only requires another few hundreds of millions of Euro to get it started.
09:13 March 11, 2012 by Big L
What's all this cackling about? You should not eat McDonalds at all, it is junk in its purest form.
14:34 March 11, 2012 by Bigfoot76
Judging from the picture provided....I would say it is a very good thing to drop the chicken provider. It looks more like beef to me. :D
14:53 March 11, 2012 by raandy
anaverageguy, I saw the brown liquid on 60 minutes about 10 years ago in the lipton chicken slaughter house,, it was all the intestine, blood and sh^t in the water.

Beef liver ,we are talking about chicken......
17:26 March 11, 2012 by Karl_Berlin
@ anaverageguy - the reason they were in an animal welfare magazine was for animal cruelty - see, for example, here: http://de.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111023164226AAFVXRb
19:13 March 11, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Even more cruel is to be made eat that crap every day. What comes first the chicken or the egg or in this case who suffers the most cruelty, the chicken or the McDonand's consumer.
20:12 March 11, 2012 by murka
I think most Americans would be shocked when visited the new McD Restaurant and Cafe in our town. Choice of salads and beer for the beginning. Now also: espresso, chai, croissants, tiramisu...
17:41 March 13, 2012 by Lionel Tiger
As an outsider, I can only think of a few possibilities. Is the Environmental Health system up to scratch? Are officials being paid off for cover ups? Is the water supply up to scratch? Is the sewage treatment system up to scratch? Does seem to be a problem somewhere. There's a limit to how much you can put profits above quality. The profits usually come from consumer satisfaction, and not consequence of scrimping on quality. Please consider this of fundamental importance to your business.
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