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Russell Nemetz McDonald's First to Serve Certified Sustainable Canadian Beef
by Russell Nemetz, click here for bio

Program: Land & Livestock Report
Date: July 17, 2018

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In a major nod to the quality of Canadian beef, McDonald's Canada announced that it will be the first company in Canada to serve Canadian beef from certified sustainable farms and ranches, beginning with its Angus line-up.

This means that for the first time ever, McDonald's 3 million daily guests will soon be able to enjoy Angus beef sourced from farms and ranches certified sustainable according to world-class standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. More specifically, over the next 12-months, more than 20-million Angus burgers will be sourced according to the CRSB standards.

People will also soon see a new Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) certification logo alongside McDonald's Mighty Angus line-up on the menu.

This is all possible because McDonald's Canada has positioned itself to meet the requirements of the CRSB's Certified Sustainable Framework. The CRSB Sustainable Beef Production and Processing Standards include more than 60 indicators across five principles for beef sustainability and are upheld by-on-site certification audits.

For example, a few of the indicators a farmer or rancher must achieve include:

- Grasslands and grazing are managed in a way that maintains or improves soil health and protects watershed areas.

- Outcomes related to feed/water, animal care, shelter, herd health and handling procedures are met as per requirements outlined in Canada's Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle.

As a founding member of the CRSB, established in 2014, McDonald's Canada was a driving force and strong supporter in developing Canadian standards for beef sustainability. The CRSB consists of a diverse group of stakeholders representing academia, government, food and agricultural businesses, producer associations, processors like McDonald's supplier, Cargill, retail and foodservice as well as NGOs like the World Wildlife Fund U.S., Nature Conservancy of Canada and Ducks Unlimited Canada.

Sourcing sustainably doesn't just benefit McDonald's; the entire ecosystem stands to gain. As more producers have their operations certified sustainable, McDonald's looks forward to growing the volume of available beef sourced from CRSB-certified sustainable operations, with other companies also joining the journey.

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