Healthier McDonald’s? According to the announcement today, McDonald’s classic burgers have no artificial preservatives, no artificial flavor and no added colors from artificial sources. The only item containing artificial preservatives on any of the classic burgers is the pickle, which customers can skip if they choose to. The ingredient changes affect all 14,000 US McDonald’s locations.
The classic burgers: Hamburger, cheeseburger, double cheeseburger, McDouble, Quarter Pounder with cheese, Double quarter pounder and Big Mac.
This change is the latest in their ‘customer-driven initiatives’. Other commitments include sustainability sourcing McCafe coffee by 2020, sourcing a portion of beef from top 10 beef sourcing countries (from suppliers participating in sustainability programs aligned with the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef principles and criteria), and transitioning to cage-free eggs in the US and Canada by 2025.
McDonald’s Vice President of Menu Innovation, Linda VanGosen, says they ‘understand that now more than ever, people care about their food – where it comes from, what goes into it and how it is prepared.” She says McDonalds is committed to making the changes to make guests feel good about the menu.