McDonalds’ Statement on the Happy Meal did not decay after 6 Months Project

By on Oct 14, 2010 in Health, Science, United States, World Comments

Earlier, it has been reported that a certain artist from Manhattan named Sally Davies made an experiment what she calls The Happy Meal Project.

Allegedly, the burger, bun, and fries from a McDonald’s Happy Meal did not decay even after six months have passed, and even seem to look as fresh as the day it was bought.

According to Davies, she bought a McDonald’s Happy Meal last April 10, took pictures as the days went by until Day 171, September 28, 2010.

This Happy Meal Project by Sally Davies was said to be featured in Good Morning America, a daily morning news show in the US, as well as at Daily Mail.

After the news spread out, McDonald’s USA immediately issued a statement on this issue through Todd R. Bacon, senior director for Quality Systems of McDonald’s.

Below is the full statement of McDonald’s, which we got from ABS News as posted on their site.

McDonald’s menu items are freshly prepared in our restaurants. It is not possible to provide a detailed explanation regarding these claims without knowing the conditions in which these food items were kept. That said, we strongly caution anyone from jumping to conclusions.

Bacteria and mold only grow under certain conditions. For example, without sufficient moisture — either in the food itself or the environment in which it is held — bacteria and mold and associated decomposition, is unlikely.

If food is/or becomes dry enough, it won’t grow mold or bacteria. Dehydration is in fact a natural preservation method.

McDonald’s hamburger patties in the U.S. are made with 100 percent USDA-inspected beef. They are cooked and prepared with salt, pepper and nothing else — no preservatives — no fillers.

Our hamburger buns are made from North American-grown wheat flour. Our world-famous French fries are made from potatoes and cooked in a canola-oil blend. These are the same foods that consumers buy every day in their local grocery stores — bread, meat and potatoes.

McDonald’s food safety and quality standards are among the highest in the industry. McDonald’s sources its ingredients from approved suppliers that adhere to strict standards for food safety and quality, including a controlled, well-maintained and clean environment throughout our entire supply chain.

Together with stringent procedures for handling and storage, we work hard to minimize any exposure that would contribute to the presence of mold, bacteria or other microorganisms.”

Todd R. Bacon, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Quality Systems, Supply Chain Management
McDonald’s USA



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