If you happen to ask anyone what their favorite snack is, there is a good chance that they will say hamburgers. OSI Group McDonalds, an international fast-food chain, is the biggest food supplier of hamburgers in the whole world. A recent report released by the company indicated that it sold at least 75 hamburgers every second. This success has also brought a lot of scrutiny to the company especially on how it makes its widely loved burgers. To clear any doubts, this global fast-food chain decided to open the Gunzburg factory, one of its biggest burger factories. The Gunzburg factory is the biggest that this company has outside of the United States.
Reducing the risk of contamination
At this German factory, Eunice Koekkoek, an OSI McDonalds representative took the media around for the tour. She indicated that OSI McDonald’s went the extra mile to make sure that the risk of contamination was totally eliminated. Among the measures to make this possible is that they take in large pieces of meat from slaughterhouses which can easily be inspected. The smaller surface area that the large pieces of meat have also means that it’s much more difficult for bacteria to contaminate it. Additionally, all the meat taken in at this OSI Group McDonalds factory is passed through x-ray checking to make sure that there is no bone or other metal contaminants inside.
Making the burger patties
Eunice Koekkoek said that how OSI Group McDonalds makes its burger patties has always been questioned by critics. She revealed that the meat is minced then both frozen and fresh are mixed into the patty making machine. The company representative mentioned that no binding agent is ever used in the meat. This is because the mix of frozen and fresh beef naturally makes them in the machine to make patties and also hold their shape afterward. To prevent the buildup of bacteria in the machines, the room temperature in the factory is usually 12 degrees Celsius. The machines are kept at a much colder temperature and are also regularly cleaned.