McDonald’s To Serve Humanely Raised And Slaughtered Chickens By 2024

McDonald’s, the second largest chicken buyer in the nation after Kentucky Fried Chicken, has revealed its plans to serve only humanely raised and slaughtered chickens by 2024.

McDonald’s has run into trouble with animal advocates and consumers before in 2015, when a violent and disturbing video taken at T&S Farm, a contractor for Tyson Foods, went viral online. The video shows how cruelly the chickens were being treated, such as being beat with sticks with large spikes attached to the end, before being made into McDonald’s famous Chicken McNuggets. McDonald’s acted swiftly and terminated their contract with T&S Farm, but are still working on trying to revamp their image and gain favorability again from the public.

According to Newsweek, the new requirements for the chickens from all of McDonald’s suppliers, which includes Tyson Foods Inc. and Cargill, will include “access to perches, clean coops, peaceful suffocation instead of live slaughter and pen-to-plate monitoring to make sure birds aren’t injured during their growth.”

McDonald’s revealed in a statement, “As one of the world’s largest food companies, we aim to use our scale as an opportunity to achieve impactful change on key societal issues, and we will continue to collaborate with our suppliers, franchisees and employees to achieve real impact.”

Although adjusting to the new standards will boost operating costs for producers, according to the same Newsweek article, McDonald’s will not raise its prices for consumers. Instead, they hope to offset the price differences by luring new or returning customers who may give McDonald’s a chance again.

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Tyson Recalls 2 Million Pounds Of Food Over Serious Labeling Error

A massive cascade of recalls has swept up chicken-producing giant Tyson Foods.

The food manufacturer just recalled nearly two and a half million pounds of frozen chicken patties and fritters that were produced over the past year because of a mislabeled product, according to Food Safety News. The breadcrumbs that Tyson utilized in their food contained milk that was not declared on the labels.

Since milk is considered to be a major allergen, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a Class I recall to indicate that those who are allergic to milk and unknowingly consume the improperly marked foods may suffer from “serious, adverse health consequences, or death.” So far, thankfully, no such cases have been reported that are linked to Tyson, according to Fortune.

Tyson gets their breading from an unidentified supplier, whose labeling error has led to a total of over 3 million pounds of food being recalled so far, the majority of it being Tyson’s frozen foods. Other major brands affected by the mistake include Libby’s and Chef Boyardee.

Fortunately for Tyson, the massive food recall does not mean that the millions of pounds of misbranded foods will be lost. They do have four options for their returned product that can be utilized: recooking, reworking, relabeling, or destruction if the products cannot be saved. Since Tyson’s products are all frozen, it is possible they could just be relabeled to ensure that customers know the chicken patties and fritters contain dairy within them.

If you have purchased Tyson frozen products recently, you should check here to see if your purchase should be returned and refunded.

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Tyson Foods’ CEO Thinks The Future Of Food Could Be Meatless

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Tyson Foods’ CEO Tom Hayes just made a bold proclamation that we should definitely all pay attention to.

In an interview with FOX Business, the head of one of the world’s largest chicken manufacturers claimed that plant-based protein is going to become a significant part of the future of food.

“If you take a look at the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) stats, protein consumption is growing around the world—and it continues to grow. It’s not just hot in the U.S.; it’s hot everywhere, people want protein, so whether it’s animal-based protein or plant-based protein, they have an appetite for it. Plant-based protein is growing almost, at this point, a little faster than animal-based, so I think the migration may continue in that direction.”

With our world’s food supply projected to run out by 2050 on its current trajectory, many alternatives to foods – including protein – have been heavily discussed and researched by the food industry. It’s led to the development of many key alternative protein products, such as utilizing bugs in items like pasta and turning plants into meaty products like Impossible Foods’ famous bleeding plant-based burger.

Hayes has apparently caught onto that trend, and is leading Tyson in a direction to be a part of the plant-based category of meats. The company has already acquired 5% of plant-based meat company Beyond Meat and has a $150 million venture capital fund to help startups who are attempting to make their own meat alternatives.

With the plant-based meat market value being well over $500 million and plant-based products to have a $5 billion market by 2020, things are only looking up for the plant-based meat industry. Especially now that one of the biggest names in meat production has thrown their support behind this movement.


Langer’s, Post Cereal & Arby’s Among Brands Partnering with Mattel Games

Games and food always seems like a winning combo, but food advertisement in a game is a whole different ball game. Mattel Games, known for making childhood favorites such as Apples to Apples, UNO, and Whac-A-Mole, has recently secured promotional partnerships with major food and beverage industry leaders such as Arby’s, Tyson Foods, Mama Rosa’s pizza, Langers juice, Post cereal, Edible Arrangements, and many more. Why? Apparently, Mattel Games wants to secure a year round marketplace for its products. However, a different side of the story will convey that food companies want to expand their presence especially to a very impressionable younger-age demographic. Who want’s to ask the Magic 8, what’s for dinner?