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McDonald's DITCHES Angus Australia's certification for its beef

McDonald’s has ditched Angus Australia’s certification program, causing concerns burger lovers may not be getting bang for their buck.

The fast food giant celebrated 11 years since the launch of the McDonald’s Angus burger range on August 25 this year. 

The beef used for the burger range sold across Australia and New Zealand was certified by Angus Australia or through its former subsidiary company Certified Angus Group Pty Ltd. 

Angus Australia said their verification set ‘an important benchmark’ in the fast food sector, which ensured customers buying a McDonald’s Angus burger ‘were getting what they paid for and were consuming genuine Angus beef’.

McDonald's has ditched Angus Australia's certification program and will now use Chicago-based US-Australian food corporation Fulton Market Group for its certification process

McDonald’s has ditched Angus Australia’s certification program and will now use Chicago-based US-Australian food corporation Fulton Market Group for its certification process

But on September 30 – and more than a decade after a ‘mutual’ relationship – McDonald’s terminated the verification process.

Angus Australia said they were ‘disappointed’ to make the announcement. 

Angus Australia’s Commercial Supply Chain Manager, Liz Pearson said: ‘Whilst we understand that McDonald’s will continue to offer the Angus burger range, Angus Australia will unfortunately no longer be involved in the verification of the integrity of the breed claim for this range.’

‘To that end, Angus Australia can no longer provide assurances that the beef in these burgers is actually Angus.’

Ms Pearson thanked McDonald’s for their ‘confidence’ in the Angus breed and for taking the brand to ‘new heights’.   

‘It is rare for a corporation like McDonald’s to have a partnership with an industry organisation such as has been achieved with Angus Australia,’ she said. 

For the past 11 years, the beef used for the burger range sold across Australia and New Zealand was certified by Angus Australia or through its former subsidiary company Certified Angus Group Pty Ltd (stock image)

For the past 11 years, the beef used for the burger range sold across Australia and New Zealand was certified by Angus Australia or through its former subsidiary company Certified Angus Group Pty Ltd (stock image)

‘We look forward to new opportunities to collaborate with industry influencers for the benefit of consumers and Angus breeders alike.’

McDonald’s will now use Chicago-based US-Australian food corporation Fulton Market Group for its certification process. 

The fast food giant said it will still ‘support the ongoing promotion and development of Angus beef in Australia and New Zealand’, The Daily Telegraph reported. 

The move will allow McDonald’s to ‘continue to source large volumes of high-quality Angus beef for its Australian and New Zealand Restaurants.’

On September 30 - and more than a decade after a 'mutual' relationship - McDonald's terminated the verification process. Angus Australia said they were 'disappointed' to make the announcement (stock image)

On September 30 – and more than a decade after a ‘mutual’ relationship – McDonald’s terminated the verification process. Angus Australia said they were ‘disappointed’ to make the announcement (stock image)

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