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the slaughterhouses and processing plants of the High Plains.
As the nation’s largest purchaser of beef, the McDonald’s Corporation must be held accountable for the behavior of its suppliers. When
McDonald’s demanded ground beef free of lethal pathogens, the five companies that manufacture its hamburger patties increased their
investment in new equipment and microbial testing. If McDonald’s were to demand higher wages and safer working conditions for
meatpacking workers, its suppliers would provide them. As the nation’s largest purchaser of potatoes, McDonald’s could also use its clout on
behalf of Idaho farmers. And as the second-largest purchaser of chicken, McDonald’s could demand changes in the way poultry growers are
compensated by their processors. Small increases in the cost of beef, chicken, and potatoes would raise fast food menu prices by a few
pennies, if at all. The fast food chains insist that suppliers follow strict specifications regarding the sugar content, fat content, size, shape,
taste, and texture of their products. The chains could just as easily enforce a strict code of conduct governing the treatment...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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