McDonald’s classic burgers no longer contain artificial ingredients

October 1, 2018

McDonald’s classic burgers no longer contain artificial ingredients

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- McDonald’s is shedding its reputation for processed food.

The fast-food giant announced recently that its seven “classic” burgers no longer contain any artificial preservatives, flavors or added colors. The change affects the hamburger, cheeseburger, double cheeseburger, McDouble, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, double Quarter Pounder with Cheese and Big Mac.

Pickles still contain an artificial preservative, so customers who want to avoid them can just say “hold the pickles.”

“We understand that now more than ever, people care about their food – where it comes from, what goes into it and how it is prepared – and we are committed to make changes to our menu our guests feel good about,” McDonald’s Vice President of Menu Innovation Linda VanGosen said in a press release.

McDonald’s says the change was accomplished by removing artificial preservatives from the cheese, buns and Big Mac special sauce. In recent years, the chain removed artificial preservatives from its Chicken McNuggets and soft serve ice cream. Earlier this year, McDonald’s switched to fresh beef in its quarter-pound burgers, though other sandwiches like the Big Mac still use frozen beef.

Other changes in store for McDonald’s include buying all of its coffee from sustainable sources by 2020 and switching to cage-free eggs by 2025.

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