“how healthy is a chicken that's been raised in a 6" by 12" cage?”
Hi Robert. The boiler chickens supplied to McDonald's are free-run, which means they are not raised outside, but housed in large barns where they are free to roam.
In 2015, we announced that we will transition to sourcing cage-free eggs ("free run") in our Canadian restaurants over the next 10 years. McDonald’s Canada immediately began this transition by sourcing five per cent cage-free eggs (2015) and will expand to 10 per cent by the end of 2016. Suppliers who have not transitioned yet use cages that are 72 square inches per bird (this spacing requirement is above the industry norm in Canada, which is 67 square inches per bird).
McDonald's believes in the ethical treatment of animals and that animals should be raised, transported and slaughtered in an environment free from cruelty, abuse and neglect. We do not use chickens that are sick or dying. Federal inspectors are on hand at our direct supplier’s facilities to watch for animal health, food safety concerns and any inhumane treatment. We audit our direct supplier’s facilities to ensure that these policies are upheld. Attention to detail like this ensures that we are able to provide products that consistently meet health, safety and taste standards.
March 11, 2016
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