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McDonalds is dropping the farm it sources its eggs from for their popular Egg McMuffins after an undercover investigation revealed 'significant and serious violations'. The fast food company released a statement saying it will 'no longer accept' eggs from one of the country's biggest egg companies Sparboe Farms.
Sparboe became the subject of one of ABC's 20/20 investigations and was cited on Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration after they found at least 13 violations across five locations.
In one of the most forceful enforcement actions since last year's salmonella egg outbreak, the FDA issued a company-wide warning letter to Sparboe Farms, which is the country's fifth largest egg producer. 'This is a warning that there is a systemic problem, not just at one barn or one location,' former FDA food safety chief David Acheson told ABC, now an industry consultant.
Footage taken by a hidden camera over the summer inside several Sparboe facilities by animal rights group Mercy for Animals shows unsanitary conditions - including dead rats, insects and bodies of dead chickens - and repeated acts of animal cruelty. McDonalds released a statement after seeing the footage saying: 'McDonald's expects all of our suppliers to meet our stringent requirements for delivering high quality food prepared in a humane and responsible manner.'
After the 2010 salmonella outbreak, which affected more than 1,900 people and was traced to a different Iowa egg producer, Wright Country Eggs, the federal egg rule was enacted. Authorities also promised to step up inspections and enforcement. Salmonella can be destroyed by thoroughly cooking an egg and McDonalds say its customers should have no health concerns because all of its eggs are thoroughly cooked before being used in their Egg McMuffins.