How McDonald's Food Is Made: All Your Questions, Answered

McDonald's has some informative and perhaps surprising answers for consumer questions about its food sources and preparation.

By Hayley Peterson

In the face of growing consumer demand for transparency, McDonald's (MCD) has launched social media campaigns in Canada and Australia to answer consumer-submitted questions. McDonald's has also added a "Your Questions Answered" section to its U.S. website addressing various customer concerns. Here are some common questions, with summaries of the company's responses.

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There was a time when I would eat Chicken McNuggets... quite often. Then, I found out what was in them. Haven't touched one since.

November 08 2014 at 8:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When I flipped burgers for McDonalds back in the 80s I was, essentially, a short order cook. There were six menu items: hamburger (the Big Mac was just a fancy double burger), quarter pounder, filet o' fish, chicken sandwich, and chicken nuggets. That's it. Now, the menu is so freaking complex and convoluted on the one hand, and the food is made on an assembly line with picture graphics above each station. That's what's wrong with their food. Stick to what got you to the top, stop trying to "grow the brand" which is a fool's errand.

October 27 2014 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

MCDonalds Employees and Walmart Employess are Trying to STAND UP for the Rest of American's Minium Wage Increase,,,,,,,,,,,,Therefore the STATES are trying to Destroy them. Walmart has already Put Employess Under 30 Hours in order to DROP paying Health Insurance. and McDonalds EMPLOYEES will be the only hope left for Minimum WAGE increase $10.10.

October 22 2014 at 7:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They should be arrested for serving that reconstituted slop to people. McDonald's should cater to animals/pet food they might appreciate the steam and nuke method of cooking yeah

September 18 2014 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Here's why it doesn't decompose: it's loaded with preservatives. But why ? The restaurants
have an amazing turn over. Most of the food is sold in one day. So why all of the preservatives ?
Preservatives are cheap. Most of them are derrived from things like ground limestone (dirt) and other very inexpensive materials. Typically limestone is $100.00 a ton or 5 cents a pound. It's much cheaper than modified food starch, the next food filler in line before fibre (cellulose - saw dust). What is modified food starch ? It's a kind of edible goo made from corn that costs about $300 a ton (15 cents a pound). These things add weight and bulk at very little cost.
All of them are approved by the FDA and basically are harmless.

I suggest make your own food and use real ingredients.

July 12 2014 at 6:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Hahahahaha. Of course, the explanation is written by McDonalds. Monsanto tells us their poisons sprayed on our food is safe, so why wouldn't we believe it? Bad=Bad and Poison=Poison. Disgusting BS and I can't believe how many people ignore the fact that they are being poisoned, FDA being the biggest gullible fool!

July 05 2014 at 12:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

An article should be written about how McDonalds no longer grills their hamburger patties in the stores. Ditto for their chicken. It is all revived by steam. Truly disgusting "food:.

June 11 2014 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

whether you read this or not its a place to say something after reading what someone else has written and you quickly want to respond but yet find yourself taking a different course instead of what you wanted to say in the first place. In other words, what I am writing is just a bunch of words that don't matter to anyone at all other than to those who actually read it. Once again, they find themselves caught up in the same trap. I don't think anyone is trying to take out Mcdonalds. Not the government, not the competition. But what does sell is the news, the headlines, whether true or false news will sell to people like me and you likewise. Don't believe everything you read because everything you read is not always 100% true or thoughly investigated. For the most part, just like people, if you dig deep enough to look for something wrong, you will find it. Food in general, the quality, the preparation, any fast food or any restaurant is subject to be investigated and critized. It should be. Alot of us don't have the time to do all that homework. Besides, they get paid for it. The problem is, What do we believe or should I say, "What do we want to believe." Most of the time we believe our co-workers. Oh ya, they're the experts. Thats why they're working with you. I've been taking a lot of supplements with my intake of food. The only information I have is whats on the bottle. Only time will tell if it will work or not. This is what makes the world go around and around without missing a beat. This is life. This is what we all love about our Country. We have the liberty to comment with the comfort of knowing that someone is not going to come and arrest us for our comments. Thats a blessing. Thank God for the freedom and His mercy. His loving kindness. HE said, "If you drink or eat anything poisenous that it will not hurt you. He is talking about what we don't know about what we are eating or drinking. But if you do know, then you have the responsibility to refrain yourselves from MacDonalds and eat at another bad place. Go figure......

June 11 2014 at 8:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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How about organizing your thoughts into paragraghs? Who wants to read what basically amounts to one long sentence?

October 22 2014 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


June 10 2014 at 4:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When I worked in a McDonalds in the 1980s being in "the grill" was pretty much the same as being a short order cook. Except for the peak lunch and dinner hours everything I cooked was served up immediately. Managers were loathe to keep anything sitting in the heating bin, which all the customers could see. The hourly employees were mostly college students. Today, from what I see, that's all changed and pretty much the reverse prevails. I would not eat there.

June 09 2014 at 4:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply