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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!

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Another big, fat hypocrite…

HYPOCRITE / Photo Matthew McDermott

Hypocrisy: A feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not.  Defines this councilman perfectly…

Via NY Post: Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-Queens) stood shoulder-to-shoulder with McDonald’s execs yesterday at the chain’s outpost in Cambria Heights, Queens, to tout the latest version of the Happy Meal, which comes with apple slices, fewer fries and less calories.  The portly politician, whose wife said he weighs around 335 pounds, said the move by McDonald’s to slim down the Happy Meal means his threat to ban fast-food joints from giving out toys in children’s meals worked.

“You know, it was never an absolute ban. It was more of an encouragement for people to do better,” Comrie said.  “McDonald’s is taking the lead, but we have other service restaurants that we’re still looking at.”
Earlier this year, Comrie proposed banning toys in all kids’ meals with more than 500 calories.  “If they are visibly and nutritionally doing better, then there’s no need for the legislation,” Comrie said yesterday.
An old Happy Meal with a burger and Coke came in at 590 calories, but the new Happy Meal has 490 calories — and even less if milk is substituted for soda.
But Comrie said he’ll still push hearings to keep the debate going about toys.
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Leave Ronald McDonald Alone!

Stop bashing the clown!

Group Pushes Ronald McDonald to ‘Happy Trails’

Why are liberals so intent on demanding how a private-sector firm promotes their business? First they tried to get McDonald’s to drop toys from their Happy Meals.  Now, they want the corporation to retire Ronald McDonald the clown.
From NewsMax.com: A campaign to stop McDonald’s from marketing fast food to children includes a call for the company’s 48-year-old advertising icon, carrot-topped funster Ronald McDonald, to be retired, The Wall Street Journal reports. The nonprofit group Corporate Accountability International has newspaper ads running this week signed by hundreds of health professionals, and a companion website, retireronald.org, to pressure the chain to send out the clown and change its ways.
The group’s letter acknowledges that no single cause or company is entirely to blame for what it calls a modern-day health epidemic. “But marketing can no longer be ignored as a significant part of this massive problem,” the letter says.
The “Retire Ronald” website states: “But success has come at the expense of our children’s health. Since the inception of Ronald McDonald, obesity rates have more than tripled among American children and the prevalence of diet-related conditions like type 2 diabetes has skyrocketed.”
Of course, they ask for a donation: “It’s going to take a lot to convince McDonald’s to retire its most effective junk food salesman. Our kids can’t wait – the rates of diet-related disease are increasing at a staggering pace. To send Ronald packing, it’s going to take some grassroots outreach, a lot of public education, and the funds to make it all happen.”
So does that mean this “Corporate Accountability” organization will now go after Tony the Tiger, the Burger King, “Jack” from Jack in the Box, and Cap’n Crunch? 
Marketing is a significant part of this massive problem? Here’s a concept: Let the parents decide what is best for their children and to raise them with their idea of healthy food habits. And treat them to a Happy Meal if they want.
Update: McDonald’s Corp. CEO Jim Skinner spoke at the company’s shareholder meeting on Thursday and said Ronald McDonald is staying put!  “This is about choice, this is about personal, individual right to choose in the society we live in. That’s where we play, that’s where you play, and we have every right to do so.” “He does not advertise unhealthy food to children,” Skinner said. “We provide many choices that fit with the balanced, active lifestyle. It is up to them to choose and their parents to choose, and it is their responsibility to do so.” Amen to that.

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Brother, Can You Spare a McJob?

This is Obama’s Hope and Change.

On April 19, McDonald’s held a first-ever “National Hiring Day“. More than 75,000 job-seekers showed up to apply for 2,000 area positions — a 37.5 to 1 ratio. For every minimum-wage paying McJob, there were more than 37 applicants!

Ivanna Hampton reports for NBC Chicago, April 29, 2011:

Applicants packed franchises in Illinois, Southern Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana. McDonald’s filled all 2,000 jobs, including more than 1,000 posts in the Chicago area alone, a McDonald’s spokesperson said.

McDonald’s boasts about 1.7 million employees worldwide. The nationwide hiring spree is expected to increase its U.S. workforce by seven percent to 700,000.

How are y’all liking the Hope and Change?
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