OSI Group McDonalds attracts many customers because of their attractive burgers. It is said that they sell 75 hamburgers every second. The fast food giant gave Business Insider the opportunity to visit and see the burger production process. David Whipple did an experiment to examine the effect of preservatives in McDonald’s burger. After 14 years of placing a burger in the cupboard, he found the burger looking slightly different from the original. Keith Warriner says this had nothing to do with the preservatives but the storage procedure. The Business Insider visited the Gunzburg factory in Germany where more than 5 million burgers are produced.
About OSI Group supplies most of its produce to McDonalds after signing agreements together. When entering their facility, one is required to wear protective clothing and wash their hands thoroughly to prevent bacteria. The incoming meat at the OSI Group McDonalds is checked ensuring no bones are in it. The meat is then put in containers which hold up to 500 kilograms. Forklift trucks spend the day collecting these containers and taking them to the blenders. The blenders ensure that every piece of bone available is done away with upon grinding. A machine puts the burgers in a cold temperature enabling them to take shape easily. An average of 20000 kilograms of meat gets processed at once.
This shows that if one eats a burger from OSI Group McDonalds, she or she consumes meat from at least 10 cows. Approximately 200 people work in the factory, but it only requires less than a third of them to keep the food production process going. A few burgers are taken for testing to ensure they contain the right fat content due to health reasons. Some are tasted to ensure they meet the required standards. OSI Group McDonalds have a metal detector that checks on any free metal that finds its way into the burger. The company labels its boxes in a way to know where the meat came from and where it is going. These boxes are then tied up and transported to the food distribution centres. The burgers are stored at -18 degrees Celcius until delivered to their specific restaurants.