McDonald’s Burgers and OSI Group’s Gunzburg Factory

These days you see all kinds of unique ingredients touted for your hamburger meat, from organic to excess sugar-laden to salty to etc., etc., and so on. While McDonald’s remains the most popular fast food in the country, it has seen its fair share of uses of unique ingredients to attract even more customers. Today’s McDonald’s burger is packed with preservatives. For years this preservative-fullness is to make these burgers last perfectly formed for years. In 1999 David Whipple set out to see if this was really the case. He put a McDonald’s burger in a cupboard and left it there for the next 13-plus years.

In 2013 he publicly revealed that his burger was almost in exactly the same condition as the day he put it in. Keith Wariner, program director of the University of Guelph Department of Food Sciences said that while impressive, Whipple’s experiment did nothing to prove that preservatives are the primary cause of the long-lasting burgers. In fact, he strongly believes that they have almost nothing at all to do with it. And according to McDonald’s itself preservatives can’t have anything to do with it for most of its food since the restaurant recently and very publicly stated that most of its food does not contain preservatives.

Business Insider recently toured a McDonald’s factory in Gunzburg, Germany to see how exactly its 5 million daily burgers are made. The Gunzburg factory is one of OSI Group McDonalds largest hamburger factories. OSI Group McDonalds was one of the first meat companies to produce meat for McDonald’s and its sole provider since the 70s. Although McDonald’s isn’t the only client of the OSI Group McDonalds Gunzburg factory, about 90% percent of its meat goes to them. All who go into the factory are required to abide by strict standards of hygiene. You must first wash your hands and dress in protective clothing to enter this OSI Group McDonalds factory.

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