McDonald’s Vietnam allays ethical concerns following disturbing farming video

By Nguyen Nga, Thanh Nien News

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People arrive at the first McDonald’s restaurant opening in Ho Chi Minh City in February 2014. Photo credit: AFP People arrive at the first McDonald’s restaurant opening in Ho Chi Minh City in February 2014. Photo credit: AFP

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A source from McDonald’s Vietnam has confirmed  that it does not use chicken from the US after animal rights activists released a video showing brutal treatment at one of its chicken suppliers in Tennessee.
The video was released online late last month and has been reported by different news agencies. It showed farmers beating chicken with spikes and stomping on the birds at a Tyson Foods farm, which supplied chicken for the chain's nuggets.
McDonald’s Vietnam said in a statement on Wednesday that it does not source chicken from Tyson or any US farms.
It said it imports all chicken from partners in Thailand and Malaysia.
It does not comment on farming conditions in these two countries. 
Tyson has severed ties with the farm after the release of the video, with McDonald’s representatives calling the act “unacceptable.”
McDonald’s entered Vietnam in February last year and has opened five outlets, all in Ho Chi Minh City.

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