McDonald’s Web site sparks controversy over food advice

Fast food restaurant McDonald’s has taken down a resource site that told employees hamburgers and french fries were not healthy dietary choices.

In a photo on the site, a picture of a hamburger, fries and what appears to be a soda, are labeled as an unhealthy choice. Next to the burger, an image of a sandwich, salad and glass of water are labeled as a healthier alternative.

It’s the latest controversy stemming from the Web site, which landed the company in hot water for appearing to be out of touch. For example, the site offered a budget planning guide for employees, but the budgeting tool did not account for food and gasoline, according to CNN. Also, the site had advice on how much to tip a pool cleaner, housekeeper and an au pair, according to NBC News.

The latest controversy appeared to be the last straw, and the site is no longer available. Visitors are greeted with a message that reads, “We are temporarily performing some maintenance in order to provide you with the best experience possible. Please excuse us while these upgrades are being made.”

“A combination of factors has led us to re-evaluate, and we’ve directed the vendor to take down the Web site. Between links to irrelevant or outdated information, along with outside groups taking elements out of context, this created unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary,” said Lisa McComb, a spokeswoman for McDonald’s USA in a statement. “None of this helps our McDonald’s team members.”

She added that the company would still offer assistance to employees over the phone.

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