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General

We answer your questions on a variety of food and nutrition topics.

Why doesn't your food rot?

Occasionally, there have been reports or images of our food that appear to be “the same as the day it was purchased” months, or even years, later.  While it may appear to some that the food has not spoiled, the answer is grounded in the simple science behind how all food, including ours, can decompose. 

In the right environment, our burgers, fries and other menu items could decompose.  

The reason our food may appear not to decompose comes down to a matter of simple science. In order for decomposition to occur, you need certain conditions – specifically moisture. Without sufficient moisture – either in the food itself or the environment – bacteria and mold may not grow and therefore, decomposition is unlikely. So if food is or becomes dry enough, it is unlikely to grow mold or bacteria or decompose.  Food prepared at home that is left to dehydrate could see similar results.

Look closely, the burgers you are seeing are likely dried out and dehydrated, and by no means “the same as the day they were purchased.”

Do you use genetically modified organisms (GMO) ingredients?

Some of our ingredients do contain GMOs, just like many ingredients found in grocery stores, restaurants and home kitchens. Many food and safety regulatory bodies around the world have recognized GMO ingredients to be as safe as their conventional counterparts.

There are currently eight GMO crops available from GMO seeds in the U.S. - corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya and squash. These crops are very common in the food industry and may be used in a number of ingredients.

Do you offer vegetarian options?

At this time, we have many menu items that can be customized without meat like our Premium McWraps and Salads, as well as many breakfast options that are available to order without meat, however none of our menu items are currently certified as vegetarian. 

In our experience, menu items at McDonald’s are most successful when enough customers choose them regularly. It allows us to ensure freshness of ingredients and overall quality of the food item. We’ll continue to evolve our menu to meet the changing preferences of our customers, which could include vegetarian options in the future. 

You can learn more about the ingredients in our food here

Do you offer gluten-free options?

At this time, we do not currently offer a gluten-free menu and do not provide a list of menu items that are considered gluten-free.  We encourage customers to visit our Menu Explorer for the most current information, as ingredients periodically change.  By accessing the ingredient statement listing on our website, individuals can determine if there are any ingredients or food allergens to which they are personally sensitive. 

We also want you to know that despite taking precautions, normal kitchen operations may involve some shared cooking and preparation equipment, areas and utensils, and the possibility exists for your food items to come in contact with other food products, including other allergens. We encourage our customers with food allergies or special dietary needs to visit our Menu Explorer for ingredient information, and to consult their doctor for questions regarding their diet. Due to the individualized nature of food allergies and food sensitivities, customer's physicians may be best positioned to make recommendations for customers with food allergies and special dietary needs.

You can learn more about the ingredients in our food here