McDonald’s in the United States is giving its chicken suppliers two years to come up with products derived from chickens never treated with antibiotics or “artificial growth hormones.”
Several large-volume processors, including McDonald’s supplier Tyson Foods, welcomed the announcement, saying they’re in favour of improving animal welfare.
McDonald’s also wants milk from cows that have not been treated with rBST (bovine somatotropin), a treatment derived from genetically-modified bacteria but not allowed for sale in Canada.
Some Canadian dairy farmers import BST from the United States under an own-use permission allowed by the federal government.
McDonald’s Canada said it’s not following the parent U.S. company lead at this time.
There are Canadian chicken producers who follow protocols that exclude antibiotics and growth promotants.