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Erin Bryant, Press Release Editor

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McDonald’s is a familiar favorite of many Americans and many myths are associated with how their food is produced. The chain is known for its juicy patties and crisp French fries. It is also known for vast quantities at low prices. Low prices are usually achieved by low quality. Throughout the years, there have been many rumors. People started to believe McNuggets were made of “pink slime” and hamburger patties were made of kangaroo meat.

Grant Imahara, Former “Mythbuster,” took a tour of McDonald’s manufacturing plants in search of answers for a set of promotional videos on YouTube. The series, entitled “Our Food, Your Questions,” showed consumers the ‘real’ products used in popular dishes such as the McRib, Egg McMuffin, McNuggets, and their traditional fries.  There was no “pink slime,” instead there was large chunk of real-looking meat.

While the peak into McDonald’s process was aimed to alleviate the heavy hearts of customers, questions remained unanswered and skepticism prevailed.

For example, the livestock were absent in the video. Many are curious about the living conditions and health status of the animals that they eat. Some people believe eating chickens only if they are free range, grass-fed, non-GMO, and free of hormones. Documentaries like Food, Inc. and King Corn have popularized these ideas and have spread awareness about the conditions of livestock. While McDonald’s chickens certainly do not meet all these high standards, some things should be absolute.

“My family eats a paleo diet which is mainly about eating natural, chemical-free foods. I don’t eat McDonald’s because there is too much uncertainty,” Heather Smith, junior, said.

In addition, the credibility of the campaign is shoddy. A video produced by McDonald’s to dispel harmful rumors about McDonald’s is probably biased. Most of the YouTube comments reflected this view and referred to the videos as propaganda. In a comment, Anthony Mok said, “McDonald’s is trying really hard to make up for those 15% losses.”  Over nine thousand people disliked the video explaining the McNugget manufacturing process.

“I would probably believe the campaign more if it came from a third party. These videos sound a little shifty,” Sam Brown, sophomore, said.

There have been many rumors surrounding McDonald’s. The name of the restaurant home to many quick meals has been tarnished throughout the years. McDonald’s attempt to banish negative gossip was not very welcomed and left questions. However, the insight did relieve some fears surrounding the “realness” of the food. Some people many feel better about the chain and return to get a McRib with extra barbecue sauce.

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