For years it has been believed that most of McDonalds Food products is packed with preservatives, but the restaurant itself has adamantly insisted that this is not the case. To prove that this it does not do so, it invited a reporter from Business Insider to tour its Gunzburg, Germany factory, which churns out about 5 million burgers a day. The factory is actually owned and run by the OSI Group McDonalds, which has been the primary meat supplier of McDonald’s for decades. The Gunzburg factory, which is roughly the size of a soccer field, is one of its largest.
OSI Group McDonalds first started the Gunzburg factor when McDonald’s was first starting operations in Europe. While it does serve a few other fast food restaurants and companies in Europe, 90% of its production goes to McDonald’s. Everyone who enters the OSI Group McDonalds factory must first undergo a strict set of hygiene production procedures. You must first thoroughly wash your hands and put on some protective outer clothing. All loose objects like jewelry and plastic pens must also be removed. If individuals need a pen, they are given a special sterilized metal pen to use. One of the first steps in OSI Group McDonalds is checking for any bones in the incoming meat.
After the meat is checked, it is placed in 500-kilogram containers. This goes on all day with forklifts constantly carrying containers to the next stage of the process. At the next stage of the process, the quality fresh meat is minced. These massive machines, which can blend up to 50 cows worth of meat at a time, are designed to eliminate any remaining small pieces of meat. After this mincing process, the meat is placed in yet further containers and taken by forklifts to the next stage where it is shaped into patties and frozen. The formed patties are frozen to a temperature of -18 degrees Celsius. Suffice it to so, these machines are kept extremely cold. While much less so, the rooms themselves are also kept cold. Click here.