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I found this so I thought I would pass it along.

We as cattle producers are very passionate about this. McDonald's claims that there is not enough beef in the USA to support their restaurants. Well...we know that is not so. My opinion is that they are looking to save money at our expense. The sad thing about it is that the people of the USA are the ones who made McDonald's successful in the first place, but McDonald's doesn't feel compelled to buy beef from the very people who helped that success come about. We personally are no longer eating at McDonald's, which I am sure does not make an impact, but if we pass this around maybe there will be an impact felt. Please pass on your opinion. Just to add a note, all Americans that sell cattle at a livestock auction barn have to sign a paper stating that we NEVER feed our cows any part of another cow. As yet, South Americans are not required to do this. McDonald's has announced that they are going to start importing much of their beef from South America. The problem is that South Americans aren't under the same regulations as American beef producers, and the regulations they have are loosely controlled. They can spray numerous pesticides on their pastures that have been banned here at home because of residues found in the beef. They can also use various hormones and growth regulators that we can't. The American public needs to be aware of this problem and that they may be putting themselves at risk from now on by eating at good old McDonald's. American ranchers raise the highest quality beef in the world, and this is what Americans deserve to eat...not beef from countries where quality is loosely controlled. Therefore, I am proposing a boycott of McDonald's until they see the light. I'm sorry, but everything is not always about the bottom line, and when it comes to jeopardizing my family's health, that is where I draw the line. Acting together, we can make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.
From McDonalds -----

>Thanks for the email. It is amazing to me how quickly email travels,
>and also the level at which people accept it as truth. We are in the
>process of responding to each as we receive them and will do so with this
>as well. This is about the sixth time I have seen this email, and all from
>different sources from around the country.
>In light of the fact that people know of your relationship with us, they
>may ask about the test. Below are some key points that we have made that
>gives the facts about our test. Feel free to let anyone else who might ask
>know the truth behind our test.
>I appreciate you keeping me in the loop on this. Feel free to forward any
>others that may come your way. We are doing our best to keep the "email
>myths" at bay. Thanks for your help.
> McDonald's is only testing high quality beef from Australia and New
> Zealand. This beef is subject to our stringent guidelines and USDA
> inspection. The beef is inspected both as it leaves Australia and New
> Zealand and again when it enters the U.S. We will NOT import beef from
> any other country.
>· There is a well-documented shortage of lean beef in the U.S. At the
>same time, demand for lean ground beef product is increasing dramatically.
>That is the only reason McDonald's is testing high quality lean beef from
>Australia and New Zealand.
>· The amount of beef from Australia and New Zealand that enters the U.S.
>is governed by a strict quota system. McDonald's opposes any change in the
>current quota.
>· McDonald's is working with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association
>and the American Farm Bureau to explore other solutions to the lean beef
>· McDonald's also is working to expand the export market, which will
>help U.S. producers by getting more U.S. beef into foreign markets. Last
>year alone, McDonald's exported more than 19 million pounds of beef to
>Central America and the Caribbean.
>· Long before there was a shortage of lean ground beef, our competitors
>chose foreign beef from all over the world to save money. For more than 30
>years, their hamburgers have contained as much as 50 percent imported beef.
>· McDonald's has the highest standards for food quality and food safety
>(including feed certification) in the business, and uses only those
>products that meet or exceed our highest standards. We have been and will
>continue to play a leadership role in setting food safety and quality
>guidelines for the entire industry to follow. It's what McDonald's is
>known for around the world and we will never compromise these standards.
>· Suppliers in Australia and New Zealand are subject to the same
>standards we have in place here in the U.S.
>Teresa Fehrenbacher, Senior Manager
>McDonald's Social Responsibility
>Phone (630) 623-7934
>Fax (630) 623 ? 7488
><A HREF="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</A>
>For information on McDonald's and social responsibility:
><A HREF="http://www.mcdonalds.com/corporate/social" TARGET="_blank">www.mcdonalds.com/corporate/social</A>
> Thanks Kay for getting out the truth. I read somewhere that Mcdonald's is the number one purchaser of american beef. Some of my fellow producers seem to forget about that fact.

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