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Statement from McDonald's Corporation

Dec 24, 2003

This situation has absolutely no connection whatsoever to McDonald's or our suppliers.

McDonald's has the most experienced, comprehensive and trusted quality assurance programs in the world. In fact, our strict safety guidelines absolutely prohibit cows of this kind to ever enter our supply chain. McDonald's has a longstanding, proven track record of ensuring a safe beef supply, including successfully protecting our food supply against BSE based on our experience around the world.

We are confident that the USDA and the Department of Agriculture are taking all the appropriate steps necessary to safeguard the beef supply based on sound science and the expertise of federal regulatory agencies.

Lisa Howard, McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD)

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SOURCE: McDonald's Corporation

CONTACT: Lisa Howard of McDonald's Corporation, +1-630-623-5044

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