McDonalds gets flack for meat source of McRib
Nov 3, 2011
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) recently filed a complaint against McDonald's pork supplier Smithfield Foods, stating that the company is making false claims about the way it treats it animals. The claim comes as the fast food chain reintroduces its McRib pork sandwich.
The meat corporation received McDonald's "supplier sustainability" award based on false claims to shareholders and consumers about its corporate responsibility - animal welfare - practices, the HSUS alleges.
The organization makes the claims based on a 2010 undercover investigation that found that the pigs at Smithfield's farms were living in horrible conditions where basic needs were not met - including cramming female pigs into gestation crates in which they cannot move, physical abuse of the animals and more, according to The Atlantic.
Smithfield, however, has released a series of videos that shows the ways in which its farms raise the animals under "ideal conditions" in pleasant environments where all of their needs are met, the news source reports. In addition, the corporation denied the allegations, saying they are proud of their "unparalleled track record as a sustainable food producer."