Inside OSI Group McDonalds Hamburger Facility
OSI Group McDonalds began as two small regional successes. OSI Group was formerly called Otto & Sons, and McDonald’s was inspired by Irish brothers. No one, at the time, could’ve predicted that either business would become two of the most successful companies in the food industry. Together, OSI Group McDonalds dominated much of the industry, that was, until a few years ago. OSI Group McDonalds current trouble began in 1999 when David Whipple, determined to prove McDonald’s did use preservatives in its hamburgers, purchased a popular burger and stored it in his kitchen cupboard for 14 years.
As if that doesn’t sound disgusting enough, in 2013, he claimed that the burger still looked exactly the same as it did when he first bought it. Though the pictures look convincing, McDonald’s swears that their burgers have no preservatives. Coming to the company’s defense is a food science expert, Keith Warriner. According to Warriner, a lack of rot or spoilage is not proof of preservatives. Because Whipple doesn’t explain how he stored the burger, his “experiment” is open to interpretation. In Warriner’s opinion, Whipple didn’t store the hamburger under the right conditions that would allow for rot or spoilage.
To clear their names, OSI Group and McDonald’s welcomed Business Insider into one of OSI largest facilities in Gunzburg, Germany. The facility there produces five million beef products every day, 90 percent of which goes to McDonald’s. In a factory the size of a soccer field, Business Insider witnessed how burger patties are made. The first thing Business Insider noticed was the whiff of beef throughout the factory. It’s very obvious, upon entering any part of the building, that they’re using fresh ground beef. Once wearing required protective clothing, the tour began at the beginning with the scent of beef. Throughout the production, the meat is check, recheck, and checked one final time as it goes through a metal detector before becoming patties. The facility doesn’t allow for sick people near any meat.