Following a burst of consumer outrage, Tyson has severed ties with a Tennessee poultry farm that has been accused of animal cruelty.
An animal-rights group, Mercy For Animals reportedly documented a series of inhume conditions at T&S Farms, a supplier to a nearby Tyson processing plant. According to the Wall Street Journal, the plant also produces McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets.
“Based on what we currently know, we are terminating the farmer’s contract to grow chickens for us,” Tyson’s spokesman Worth Sparkman said. “We’re committed to animal well-being but don’t believe this video accurately depicts the treatment of chickens by the thousands of farmers who supply us.”
In the days since the news of the animal mistreatment has surfaced, animal rights groups and consumers have been calling for both McDonald’s and Tyson foods to reevaluate their farm supplying practices.
In response, a statement from McDonald’s said, ”We’re working with Tyson Foods to further investigate this situation and reinforce our expectations around animal health and welfare at the farm level. We’re committed to working with animal welfare and industry experts to inform our policies that promote better management, strong employee education, and verification of practices.”
Will this be a catalyst for more companies to better investigate their supplier’s practices? Stay tuned to Deli Market News as we continue to update you on more.