Following an expose' on ABC's 20/20 newsmagazine, one of the nation's largest egg suppliers has lost two huge national contracts: McDonad's and Target. The giant retailer and restaurateur dropped their orders from Sparboe Farms soon after an animal rights group released an undercover video showing deplorable conditions at Sparboe's farms in Colorado, Iowa and Minnesota.
Sparboe produced 300 million eggs a year, shipping them to restaurants and stores across the country. Its Iowa plant was the sole fresh egg supplier to every McDonald's west of the Mississippi River.
Images shot by Mercy for Animals showed a worker swinging a bird around by its feet, hens packed into crammed cages, male chicks being tossed into plastic bags to suffocate and workers cutting off tips of chick's beaks.
McDonald's and Target's moves followed a warning letter to Sparboe Farms from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that said inspectors found serious violations at the company's facilities.