Investors encourage McDonald’s to change the way pork is bought


Chicago (AP) —

Activist investors are changing the way McDonald’s buys pork for bacon cheeseburgers and sausage patties.

Investor Carl Icahn has nominated two new candidates for McDonald’s board, fast food chains confirmed on Sunday.

The problem Icahn wants to change is that some McDonald’s pork suppliers are trapping pregnant pigs in small crates. McDonald’s vowed 10 years ago to phase out the use of pork from suppliers who use such crates.

Fast-food giants said on Sunday that they expect to source 85-90% of US pork from pigs not housed in gestation crate during pregnancy by the end of this year.

The company said Icahn’s candidates will run for election at McDonald’s 2022 annual meeting.

The move begins with the momentum of investor-led board shake-ups.Last year, several members of Exxon’s board of directors Exiled Investors have pressured the company to take climate change more seriously.

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