Inside a McDonald’s Hamburger Factory – The OSI Group

McDonald’s restaurants are a staple of mainstream America. The chain has expanded over the years to include locations worldwide. Amid the pink slime hysteria, some reporters decided to investigate for themselves and share their findings.

The OSI Group McDonalds factory that was toured, located in Gunzburg, Germany, is not owned by the fast food chain, but the two companies work together mutually. The Gunzburg facility produces more than 90% of the restaurant’s beef products, resulting in more than 5 million burgers produced each day.

The two reporters noted that the meat smell was overwhelming and that the OSI Group McDonalds took appropriate measures to ensure quality control before employees and visitors could enter the production area. Visitors and employees are required to wear protective clothing and to wash their hands to help reduce the chances of contamination. Employees who have recently been ill with stomach ailments are required to stay at home and are only able to return to duty with clearance from a physician.

All jewelry must be removed before entering the OSI Group McDonalds factory production area, and the use of plastic writing utensils is prohibited. All meat product is sent through a metal detector which would not identify plastic or wooden objects, such as pens and pencils. The meat is received at the factory in large slabs and is checked for bones before it is stored in half-ton containers.

The beef is eventually moved from storage to a cutting area where it is checked once again for bones, minced, and shaped into patties. A mix of fresh and frozen beef is used to shape the patties because the meat does not contain a binding agent. The rooms within the factory are kept at 12 degrees Celsius, and the machinery is kept at even lower temperatures. The burger patties are then frozen, packaged, and sent through a metal detector.

The OSI Group McDonalds factory in Gunzburg contains a replica McDonald’s kitchen so that the burgers can be prepared on-site for quality assurance inspection. A distribution warehouse is conveniently located next door to the meat production plant.

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