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Eggs & Dairy

We answer your questions about our milk, eggs and yogurt.

Are your eggs real?

All of our egg menu items are made with real eggs, however where they originate and how they are prepared varies slightly.  

Round Egg on the Egg McMuffin: We use USDA Grade A eggs for our Egg McMuffin. Most of our U.S. restaurants crack the egg fresh on the grill in a circular ring to achieve the iconic round egg shape.

You can learn more about the ingredients in our food here.

Scrambled Eggs: Our scrambled eggs are made with liquid eggs, cooked fresh on the grill in liquid margarine.  Complete ingredient and nutrition information for our eggs is available here

Egg White: We use 100% liquid egg whites with no additives or fillers, cooking the egg whites fresh on the grill in liquid margarine. You can learn more about the ingredients in our food here.

Folded Eggs:  Our folded eggs are made with liquid eggs and are precooked and folded before being flash frozen and sent to our restaurants where we warm them on the grill Complete ingredient and nutrition information for our eggs is available here

Egg in Sausage Burrito: Our suppliers blend eggs with sausage, seasonings and other ingredients before flash freezing and sending to our restaurants.   Complete ingredient and nutrition information for our eggs is available here.  

How do you make the egg on the Egg McMuffin round?

In most locations, the eggs for our famous Egg McMuffin are cracked into a circular ring on the grill, so they fit the round English Muffin shape perfectly. That way it’s easy to hold, and easy to eat.  You can learn more about the ingredients in our food here.

Why don’t you use cage-free eggs?

We actually do buy a small amount of cage-free eggs, also known as an “aviary system”, as part of a scientific research project McDonald’s is part of to better understand different hen housing systems.   In the U.S., there is no consensus or firm scientific research on whether one type of housing system is better than the other, which leads to a lot of confusion. Because we take our ethical responsibility to help ensure the humane treatment of animals in our supply chain, we wanted to support this scientific research and we are a founding member of the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply (CSES).

CSES is a multi-stakeholder coalition comprised of leading animal welfare scientists, research institutions, non-governmental organizations, egg suppliers, food manufacturers, and restaurant /foodservice and food retail companies.  CSES is conducting commercial-scale research to better understand the impacts of hen housing on hen health and well-being, food safety, worker health and safety, and the environment. The three types of housing systems being studied are:  1) conventional cage housing, 2) enriched colony housing and 3) cage-free (aviary).  

Does your yogurt contain live and active cultures?

Yes, all of our yogurt, including the Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait and the yogurt we use in our McCafé Smoothies, uses Grade A low-fat milk and contains live and active yogurt cultures.