The country's love of fast food hasn't slowed down, even with some big changes. With progress slowly being made against COVID-19, the McDonald's Canada menu is about to bring back an essential ingredient. The company announced it would soon be transitioning back to using only Canadian beef in its burgers.
In an August 13 press release, the fast food chain said that it would be sourcing its beef exclusively from Canadian farmers again starting in September.
They had previously turned to international meat suppliers in April due to shortages occurring throughout the country.
In April, COVID-19 outbreaks at the Cargill plant in Alberta forced it to shut down. The plant is one of the restaurant's main suppliers.
McDonald's began getting additional beef from the United States, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the U.K. and Uruguay.
However, the company was still working to use as much Canadian beef as possible.
They indicate in their latest release that they were using over 80% of Canadian sources on average, with the rest being supplemented by pre-approved company suppliers.
McDonald's has been using exclusively Canadian beef for its burgers since 2003.
They have also said that part of making the switch will involve a new initiative where Quarter Pounder patties will contain a minimum of 30% beef from farms that are certified sustainable by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.
"The stabilized supply of Canadian beef is important in allowing us to continue to progress our sustainability efforts," Jeffrey Fitzpatrick-Stilwell, Sustainability and Agriculture Lead at McDonald's Canada said in a statement.
While beef shortages were predicted back in April, it was an issue that never seemed to fully materialize.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had said during an April 21 press conference, "We are not at this point anticipating any shortages of beef, but prices might go up."
Other food items, such as flour and eggs, ended up being much harder to find after the first stages of the pandemic.