Many Australians are suspicious of what they're really eating when they buy McDonalds. All those stories about cheeseburgers that look exactly the same as they day they were cooked decades later don't help.
McDonalds has moved to bust some of the myths surrounding its products.
The fast food chain has answered frequently asked questions from its Australian customers as part of a new program called 'Our Food, Your Questions'.
Read their answers below.
1. QUESTION: Do your milkshakes have pig fat in them?
WHAT MACCAS SAYS: "Absolutely not. Our thickshakes get their signature thickness from our cooling and blending process as well as a few common thickeners that are in our dairy mix."
2. QUESTION: What's really in your McNuggets?
WHAT MACCAS SAYS: "We use chicken breast that is minced with some skin, water, salt and a small amount of phosphate before we mould it into our signature Chicken McNugget shapes and then coat in a tempura batter.
"To set the coating, we par-fry the nuggets before we freeze them ready for distribution."
3. QUESTION: Do you use the whole cow in your beef patties?
WHAT MACCAS SAYS: "Definitely not, the only beef we use is forequarter and hindquarter trimmings, along with whole muscle cuts."
4. QUESTION: Are the eggs in McMuffins real?
WHAT MACCAS SAYS: Yes, we serve real eggs in our McMuffins. They get their perfect shape because we always cook our McMuffin eggs in circular rings.
5. QUESTION: What's your response to the two-year-old cheeseburgers we see all the time?
WHAT MACCAS SAYS: "The reason why our French fries and cheeseburger don't break down or decompose when left out at room temperature is that once the food is cooked there isn't enough moisture to support bacterial growth that would break it down. Instead, it simply dries out."
6. QUESTION: Does Maccas's own a company called "100% Australian Beef", so they can claim it's 100 per cent Australian beef?
WHAT MACCAS SAYS: "Our beef suppliers are companies called OSI Group and Australian Food Group. We say we use "100% beef" because that's exactly what our beef patties are made of: 100% beef."
7. QUESTION: Is 100% Australian beef trademarked?
WHAT MACCAS SAYS: We never use a trademark symbol next to "100% Australian beef" because we don't own a trademark for the phrase.
news.com.au 28 Nov 2013
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