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.”