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ABC News Investigations of the Year: What's In Your Egg McMuffin?
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A recent ABC News investigation prompted many McDonald's customers to ask: do I really know where my Egg McMuffin comes from?
A report that aired in November on "Good Morning America," "World News with Diane Sawyer" and "20/20" exposed alleged animal abuse and unsanitary conditions at Sparboe Farms, the nation's fifth-largest egg producer, which at the time supplied eggs to all McDonald's restaurants west of the Mississippi River.
Hidden camera footage shot at Sparboe Farms locations in three states by an undercover operative for the animal-rights group Mercy for Animals documented the apparent torture and killing of hens and chicks. The video also showed rodents and flies within the facilities, and dead birds in cages, all conditions experts say are conducive to the spread of salmonella.