McDonald's Canada to start importing beef: Cargill's COVID-19 shutdown partly blamed

McDonald's Canada to start importing beef: Cargill's COVID-19 shutdown partly blamed

After spending years advertising their commitment to using 100 per cent Canadian beef at their restaurants, McDonald's Canada has announced that they will start importing beef to meet demand.

According to a press release from McDonald's:

“Sourcing imported beef is an interim shift and directly related to current processing capacity limitations with our Canadian beef raw material suppliers, including the temporary closure of Cargill’s High River, Alberta processing facility.”

Cargill's shut down is the epicentre of the coronavirus in Western Canada, with over 500 cases linked to employees of the facility which is staffed largely by temporary foreign workers.