McDonald's Latest Move Could Leave Them Out Of Business
Fast food chain McDonald's received backlash from food allergy groups in Canada after announcing that they would no longer individually pack some of the food with nuts on their menu. Their decision sparked outrage among concerned citizens who have certain allergies that can negatively impact their health.
CBC released a report where it was mentioned that McDonald's will no longer pack some food items with peanuts separately starting Jan. 17. One of the food items on the list is the Skor McFlurry, which is one of Canada's favorite food menus. McDonald's released an official announcement where the company warned their consumers of the possible nut residue as their dishes would possibly cross-contact without the individual packaging.
Food Allergy Canada broke their silence as they expressed their dismay over the McDonald's decision. The group mentioned that they are keeping their hopes up that the food industry would continue to provide the interest of the general public. They also mentioned that are more than 2 million people with food allergies, thus McDonald's latest announcement would negatively impact their fast food chain's business.
"We're hoping that the other food service operators will see the opportunity of continuing to provide what the general population wants," Laurie Harada, the executive director of Food Allergy Canada stated during an interview. "Keep in mind, there's 2.5 million-plus with food allergies. I would be gleeful if I was A&W and Wendy's because they've just handed you an opportunity. You've sent that many people somewhere else."
This isn't the first time that McDonald's received backlash from their consumers. In 2016, The Guardian released a report where it was mentioned that the McDonald's fitness tracker lead to rashes which were eventually removed from their branches. The fast food company initially started the initiative to fight against obesity but turned out to yield somewhat negative results.