HOAX- 'McDonald's Users Worm Fillers in Meat From Company Called 100% Beef'
OutlineCirculating report claims that McDonald's users 'worm fillers' in its meat but can still legally claim that there is 100% beef in their burgers because they use a company called the '100% Beef Company'.
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Brief AnalysisThe claims in the report are nonsense. The story combines two old tales into one ridiculous account. Rumours that McDonald's and other fast food outlets use worms as meat filler have circulated since the 1970's. And the claim that McDonald's sources beef from a company called '100% Beef' is a silly story that has also circulated separately for well over a decade. Neither rumour has any substance whatsoever.
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McDonald's Uses Worm Meat Fillers But Can Legally Call It 100% Beef. Large companies have been the subject of rumors that they substitute unusual or unethical substances in their products, usually to decrease costs. McDonald's is not immune to such claims.
According to a message that is currently circulating via social media, McDonald's users worm filler in its meat products to decrease costs. The message, which features an image supposedly depicting the worm filled meat, links to a longer report on the Daily Buzz Live website.
The report further suggests that McDonald's can legally claim that the worm-filled beef it uses is 100% beef because it sources the product from a supplier that is actually called the '100% Beef Company'.
However, the claims in the report are utter nonsense. In fact, the report rather artlessly attempts to combine two long circulated hoaxes. The 'worms' in the featured image are not worms at all but strands of Plugra butter in a homemade Tenderloin Butter Burger mixture. The image is taken from a recipe published on the Alcoholian blog in 2009 and has no connection whatsoever to McDonald's.
Rumours that McDonald's or other fast food outlets add worm filler to their meat products to stretch them further have been bandied about since the 1970's. Some versions suggested that earthworms were added while others claimed that the filler consisted of mealworms or other types of larva. But, those rumours have long since been investigated and - not surprisingly - found to be utterly baseless.
In reality, worms -whatever variety is used - are likely to be considerably more expensive to procure in large quantities than beef. So, even if McDonald's was unscrupulous enough to deceptively use worms in its products and could manage - apparently for decades - to avoid the notice of health authorities, there would simply be no financial incentive to do so.
The second claim in the message is also untrue. Again, the story - which may have began life as nothing more than a silly joke - has circulated in various contexts for years. Of course, McDonald's does not source all of its beef products from a company called '100% Beef'. Obviously, given the amount of beef the company users around the world, it has a number of sources. Despite the absurdity of the claim, McDonald's has found it necessary to repeatedly deny it. In McDonald's Australia's Our Food, Your Questions section, a user posed the following question:
'i heard that 100% BEEF is just the name of the company?'
McDonald's responded thusly:
'our beef suppliers are companies called OSI Group and Australian Food Corp (AFC). We say we use '100% beef' because that's exactly what our beef patties are made of: 100% beef.The bogus report wraps up by tacking on yet another long running McDonald's myth, which claims that the company adds pig fat to milkshakes and ice cream. McDonald's labels this claim as 'hogwash'.
So, it seems clear that Daily Buzz Live has simply regurgitated a set of silly McDonald's related myths, apparently in an effort to generate traffic to the site. The site churns out all manner of nonsense, including the claim that energy drinks contain bull semen. Nothing published on the site should be taken seriously.
Last updated: April 22, 2014
First published: April 22, 2014
Written by Brett M. Christensen