Did US meat inspectors find human meat in several McDonald’s factories across the United States?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Human Meat Found In McDonald’s Factories!
People are sharing a video which purportedly shows meat inspectors discovering human meat in McDonald’s factories across the United States. Here is a transcript of the video :
Oklahoma City – first, horse meat, then the mysterious “pink slime”. Now, human meat?
A shocking discovery has been made in an Oklahoma City McDonald’s meat factory and other McDonald’s meat factories nationwide.
Did US meat inspectors find human meat in several McDonald's factories across the US?! 😱😱
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Truth : No Human Meat Was Ever Found In McDonald’s Factories!
This is another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on social media and WhatsApp groups, and here are the reasons why….
Fact #1 : No Human Meat Was Ever Found In McDonald’s Factories
Let me be very clear – no human meat was ever found in McDonald’s factories or restaurants.
If this actually happened, it would have been worldwide news, and McDonald’s would have been shut down for good. Many McDonald’s executives and their suppliers would also face criminal charges.
Needless to say, McDonald’s factories and restaurants continue to operate normally. That’s because this never happened. No human meat was ever found in McDonald’s factories or restaurants.
Fact #2 : Human Meat Patty Picture Was From Resident Evil 6 Promo!
The pictures of “human meat” used in the fake video was misappropriated from a Resident Evil 6 promo in London.
Back in September 2012, Capcom created a pop-up butchery called Wesker & Son (Wholesale Meats) in Smithfield Meat Market.
Once at the butchery, members of the public will be invited to sample and purchase a dizzying array of edible human limbs including hands, feet and a human head, which will be available to buy directly from the shop.
As well as these specially created products, gamers will be able to buy ‘Peppered Human & Lemon Sausages’ and ‘J’avo Caught Human Thigh Steaks’ along with some specially made pots of Red Herb and Green Herb.
All proceeds from the sale of the meat will be donated to the Limbless Association, which provides information and support to the limb-loss community.
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Fact #3 : Story Was Created By A Fake News Website
This fake story created by a content aggregation (copy and paste) website called Huzlers, that also creates fake stories to go viral. This particular Huzlers article was written by Pablo Reyes Jr, and published on April 7, 2014 – more than 9 years ago!
To give their fake story a “veneer of satire”, they added a tagline below the writer’s name – “Believe half of what you see and nothing you read online“.
The truth is – they intentionally created the fake story to trigger you into sharing their article, so they can go viral and make money from the increased page views.
Fact #4 : McDonald’s Sells Billions Of Burgers Every Year
Let me just point out that McDonald’s sells over a billion pounds of meat every year, just in the United States. That means their suppliers have to slaughter thousands of cows every day to keep up with the demand.
Children are much smaller than cows. Those suppliers would need to slaughter tens of thousands of children a day to replace the cows. Does that really make sense to you?
The American continent would run out of children to slaughter within a year! And how does killing children for burgers make economic sense, never mind common sense?
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Fact #5 : Pink Slime No Longer Used In McDonald’s Food
The fake story and video used a picture of pink slime, claiming that it was also used in McDonald’s foods.
That’s also false, because by the time the fake story was written (in 2014), McDonald’s stopped using “pink slime”, which is really Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB).
Q : Have you ever used so-called ‘pink slime’ in your burgers?
A : Yes, we used Lean Finely Textured Beef between 2004 and 2011. We do not use this today.
Despite its gross sounding name and look, LFTB is simply beef that has been separated from the fat in beef trimmings. LFTB technology recovers meat that would otherwise be wasted and thrown away.
Think of LFTB as low-fat beef paste. Regular ground beef consists of about 30% fat, while LFTB only has about 5% fat.
Fact #6 : Pink Slime Picture Not From McDonald’s Factory
The picture used in the fake story and video isn’t from a McDonald’s factory. However, it should be pointed out that LFTB looks like that – pink-coloured paste.
The pink colour comes from the ammonia hydroxide – an antimicrobial agent used to treat LFTB and prevent bacterial growth.
Fact #7 : Ammonia In LFTB Isn’t Toxic
Even though McDonald’s no longer uses “pink slime” in their burgers, I should point out that the amount of ammonia used in LFTB isn’t dangerous.
The amount of ammonia present in Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) is actually comparable to ammonia levels present in existing foods :
|American Cheese||813 ppm|
|Unblended LFTB||400-500 ppm|
|Blended Beef Patty
with 15% LFTB
|Ground Beef||101 ppm|
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