Burger King USA announced on Thursday it will no longer sell food products for Ebola relief efforts, citing “faulty business practices” in Liberia.
The fast food chain had already started to sell some of its food products to Liberia’s Food Distribution Network (FEN), but it said that the company “is not comfortable doing business with those organizations.”
The announcement comes as the United States continues to send food to Liberia to help treat the country’s Ebola epidemic.
Liberia has been the hardest hit country in the world to deal with the virus, with over 400,000 people dying and millions more sickened.
The FEN, which is backed by the World Food Programme (WFP), has been operating under the assumption that Ebola will subside.
But it has become increasingly apparent that the disease will persist in Liberia and that the country is still facing a dire need for food.
Burger King said that it had been unable to establish a solid relationship with FEN and that it was no longer able to “engage in business with them as a business partner.”
The company also said it was suspending sales of its Burger King Express, its “bacon burger,” for Liberia and has “temporarily suspended” the distribution of its Burnt Ends brand.
The announcement was made in a statement to the public on the Burger King website, and was made public on Twitter on Friday.
“The decision was made after an extensive review and we have taken the necessary steps to ensure that we have the resources to meet the needs of Liberia and its people,” Burger King CEO and President Jim McMillan said.
The company said that Liberia “has a unique opportunity to continue to develop in the face of an outbreak of Ebola.”
Liberia is the first country in West Africa to officially announce it will receive aid from the US and its other partners, as part of an international effort to address the Ebola crisis.
“This is not an isolated situation,” said Kenji Goto, the director of the World Health Organization’s Ebola response in Liberia, adding that the situation in Liberia “is an international one and we must look to the region for the future.”