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Joann Bruso, whose website is called BabyBites.com, left a Happy Meal (a product primarily eaten by children) out for one year...that's right a whole year. The horrifying results? She alleges that the food did not change at all.
"It sat on my shelf for a year as a silent witness to our fast-food industry. It never smelled bad. The food did not decompose," she wrote.
McDonald's issued the following statement: "No preservatives are added to the beef patties in McDonald's hamburgers." It went on to trumpet McDonald's commitment to sanitation and freshness.
It may be true that there are no preservatives in the meat, but what they shrewdly omitted is what goes into the buns, lettuce, cheese and sauces.
On the McDonald's website over a dozen ingredients are listed for a Big Mac bun including azodicarbonamide. (Maybe they should include that in the little ditty listing the ingredients: Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese and onions on an azodicarbonamide sesame-seed bun!) The cheese has something called calcium disodium EDTA, to protect its flavor, and the fries have sodium acid pyrophosphate. Even the pickle slices contain preservatives. After reading the Dr. Seuss-like list of ingredients one could hardly describe it as a paragon to freshness (it barely even resembles food).