Do You Know What's in Your McRib Sandwich?

The McRib (photo: David Paul Morris, Getty Images)


The McRib is a sandwich periodically sold by the international fast-food restaurant chain McDonald’s. It was first introduced to the McDonald’s menu in 1981 as a limited-time item; then, as now, it returns to the menu for promotional periods.
Brad Tuttle of Moneyland reports that the McRib enjoys a bizarre cult following in part because of its impermanence. It has generated not only Facebook pages, but McRib Locator websites and a Twitter account.
The McRib consists of a ground pork patty, barbecue sauce, onions, and pickles served on a 5½ inch roll. Despite its name, the McRib is primarily composed of pork shoulder meat.
But the McRib has more than ground pork, bun, onions, and barbecue sauce. The sandwich has 70 ingredients (34 in the bun alone), including azodicarbonamide, ammonium sulfate and polysorbate 80 — whatever they are.
Meredith Melnick reports for Time, Oct. 27, 2011, that although these components are in small enough quantities to be (supposedly) innocuous, “it’s still a little disconcerting to know that, for example, azodicarbonamide, a flour-bleaching agent that is most commonly used in the manufacture of foamed plastics like in gym mats and the soles of shoes, is found in the McRib bun. The compound is banned in Europe and Australia as a food additive. (England’s Health and Safety Executive classified it as a “respiratory sensitizer” that potentially contributes to asthma through occupational exposure.) The U.S. limits azodicarbonamide to 45 parts per million in commercial flour products, based on analysis of lab testing.”
If azodicarbonamide doesn’t give you pause, here’s the “nutrition information” for the McRib (serving size 7.4 oz) from McDonald’s website:

  • Calories: 500
  • Calories from fat: 240 (i.e., half of a McRib’s calories are from fat!)
  • Total fat (g): 26
  • % of daily fat value: 40%
  • Saturated fat (g): 10
  • % of daily saturated fat value: 48%
  • Cholesterol (mg): 70
  • % of daily cholesterol value: 23%
  • Sodium (mg): 980
  • % of daily sodium value: 41%
  • % of daily value of Vitamin A: 2%
  • % of daily value of Vitamin C: 2%
  • % of daily value of Calcium: 15%
  • % of daily value of Iron: 20%

Buyer beware!
~Eowyn

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Vic Bailey
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Anybody that eats at McDonalds gets just what they deserve, a company that cares ONLY about $$$! Or they would serve a decent meal for the price. I went in McDonalds once a long time ago, and the smell told this old country boy that I didn’t ever want to eat in there, and I have NEVER ate at McDonalds EVER! I have been in outhouses that have smelled better!
Semper Fi.

Herb Rash
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Herb Rash

Vic, you got that right about McDonalds, all they care about is their bottom line.
Semper Fi Brother!

Doc's Wife
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Doc's Wife

Yuck–this is no better than the story about the pink froth that turns into chicken nuggets.

IvaluTheWord
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IvaluTheWord

I will tell no lie.. I have tried one… O-N-E! And that was years ago… it was gross then and I am sure it is still as gross now… blah…

tina
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After finding out McDonald’s supports a “One World Government” and given the United States gave them their start-they refuse to buy their beef from the United States. So,yeah,it is hard-telling what you will get when you order McDonalds. They mind Moochele real good though. Please support business’s that support America,it will make a difference. If we don’t get these communist’s out of our govt.and run the UN out of here. We will be ordering all of our food from other Countries. Leave agriculture,farming and ranching alone. We produce very little these days,thanks to our govt.officials selling their souls to the… Read more »

Dave
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Dave

The only things they do right are coffee and fries.
As for burgers, I do mine at home on the grill, ’cause at least that way I know what’s in ’em. 🙂
-Dave

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Not missing all that much.

Dave
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Dave

Let us be wary of attempting to control what people are willing to eat, or we’ll end up with a tyrannical group of busybody bureaucrats telling us what to eat and where to buy it all.
I’ll stick with a McRib sandwich and all of its ingredients (that most likely will not kill me) over a government that’s large enough to control what I eat that historically can kill me!.

Dan Collins
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Aw come o all you alarmists. Bottom line is they taste great and a good value for the money. I had to chuckle at the guy who said he makes his on his grill so he knows whats in them because do you really believe you know what is in the burger you buy? How much genetic mutation the cow had, how much GM modified grain it was fed. You need to all get off your high horse and get a life.

Jacques Snyman | Siyavuna Development Centre
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It is rather scary when one starts to analyse the ingredients in modern processed foodstuffs. Certain things are just not fit for human (or animal) consumption, and although reading the labels of processed foodstuffs is an option in the supermarket, it seldom is in a fast food joint. Articles such as this one really serves as a most valuable tool in helping to get the public to realize just what exactly they are stuffing their faces with. Whether it will ever significantly affect the number of people regularly indulging in fast food remains to be seen, as it has been… Read more »

The Mike (@Nufsed007)
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The last time I ate in a McDonalds, I was I’ll for a week!

zampan013
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Anything and everything sold in a MacDonalds is toxic.

Rabbitnexus
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Nobody who eats at McDonalds cares about their health or is bright enough for their lives to be worth squat anyway. Eat the crap and die faster you cretins and good riddance too.

newsseeder
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Absolutely disgusting. If possible stay away from all fast food.

Rabbitnexus
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Sorry for my abrupt responses to some but I sincerely believe McDonalds is the great satan of fast food filth. If you even consider eating there, you deserve to, it is that simple.

sly
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sly

McDonald’s quit selling real food decades ago.

Bob
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Bob

Mc Donalds, Burger King and most fast food is pretty much dog food fit for human consumption. Google the words MEAT GLUE.

TheTruth
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TheTruth

You bashers are hilarious. I’ve eaten McD’s since I was a little kid, as did my parents, and most other folks. Yet, I bet I’m still healthier and far more capable of physical activity than most of you detractors. Everything in life is about moderation, it is all really plain and simple, but it would seem you lack the common sense to figure that out.

ThoamsT
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ThoamsT

….The compound is banned in Europe. No big deal. In Europe we find no banning of msg, Asparatme, microwave ovens, Teflon, copper or aluminium cookware, rapeseed, soya, and canola oils, unfermented soy, fructose syrup etc. All well documented as harmful to health.
All we find is a massive attack on vitamins and herbs. Stuff the Europeans.

sean
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sean

i know how they make the sauce they whipe the tables of and ring it into a pitcher and call it sauce

mr mc rib
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mr mc rib

eat it! it tastes good. stop talking nonsense i grew up playing outside in the dirt and never got sick nor do I now. so i am not worried about a mc rib!!!!!!!!

MichaelEdits
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Strange ingredients but they’re still delicious and I don’t mind the tentacles growing out of my back.

greg
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greg

Is McDonald’s still the number one purchaser of cow eye balls…………after all, it’s still 100% beef?

Choo Hader
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Choo Hader

People, I’ll let you in on something… All the toxic crap in foods and medicines are THERE FOR A REASON. They want people to get sick, be unhealthy and die an early death. The govt WANTS you to die before SS kicks in. The same people who hold controlling interests in Big Food and Big Pharma WANT YOU TO BECOME SICK because they also own the controlling interests in the “treatment” you will receive due to said illness! They make more money off you as they drain every last cent from you when you are hospitalized and medicated. A lot… Read more »

mr mc rib
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mr mc rib

just by saying what you did about being intelligent basically means you wish you were 🙂

open minded
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open minded

Dr Eowyn: I drink lots of coffee from Mr Mac.( keeps the cancer away as “they” say). I do not eat there at Mc Donald as the hamburger taste the same as in 1968. I have never felt sick for one(1) day in my life. Never never took over the counter drugs if there was a probleem and i felt uncomfortable. Seldom have a cold, and that goes away by itself.Never never over eat. Don’t over load your stomach ever!!Lovable open minded

BTD
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BTD

I love the McRib and I’ll continue to enjoy them and be in great shape. 🙂 Have a good day.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Ah, Yes. McDonalds should be about the $$$$$, IT’S A BUSINESS !!!!! Micy D’s is one of the better stocks; it was doing well while others were tanking. Why? Because whether you claim to eat there or not, it’s a good company. Whenever there’s a complaint about their food choices, they’ll try to fix it which is why their investors are plentiful. I prefer Wendy’s, but I’ll go to Mc D’s SO WHAT. I’m not going to pretend to only put quality level food into my mouth. McDonalds is like porn; it’s a billion dollar business yet you can’t find… Read more »