McDonald's has closed down its employee resource website after drawing public outrage on several occasions for offering some questionable advice to its workers.
Visitors to the McResource website on Wednesday were greeted with this statement: "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."
The message comes only days after information posted on the site advised McDonald's workers to stop eating fast food.
The website advised against eating hamburgers, fries and sodas as well as other fried food.
The post is located in the site's "Health Encyclopedia" section and advises employees to stay away from consuming fried foods and suggests workers eat at places that offer healthy choices.
"Eat at places that offer a variety of salads, soups and vegetables to maintain your best health," the site advised, while posting a picture of a sandwich and salad. "Although not impossible it is more of a challenge to eat healthy when going to a fast food place. In general, avoiding items that are deep fried are your best bet."
"In general, people with high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease must be very careful about choosing fast food because of its high fat, salt, and sugar levels." With a disclaimer located at the bottom of the page that indicated the content was provided by a third party, A.D.A.M., Inc.
The advice provided by the fast food company to its employees stated that in regards to its primary products, "fast foods are typically high in calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, and salt and may put people at risk for becoming overweight."
McDonald's confirmed the site had been taken down in a statement posted on its website.
"A combination of factors has led us to re-evaluate and we've directed the vendor to take down the website. Between links to irrelevant or outdated information, along with outside groups taking elements out of context, this created unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary. None of this helps our McDonald's team members," they stated.