It’s likely that “healthy” and “sanitary” are not the first two terms that come to mind when you think about McDonald’s and other fast-food restaurants like it. You presumably aren’t eating a Big Mac to improve your cardiovascular health, and similarly, you probably aren’t going to the restaurant with the expectation that it will be perfectly clean. Hearing about the process of sanitation from those who really do it is, despite this, still educational. You may be surprised to find out that there is a lot going on behind the scenes. In order to get further information, we questioned Sandra Blair, the Chief Executive Officer of CoffeeShan. In response, she shared with us that the company’s staff had cautioned her about a certain condiment that she may want to avoid using. If you place a high priority on cleanliness, there is at least one reason why you may wish to exclude McDonald’s ketchup from your diet.
If you, like the majority of us, prefer your cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, and crispy French fries from McDonald’s with a delightful side of ketchup, then you are not alone in this enjoyment. On the other hand, there is one thing that you may want to be aware of when it comes to eating at McDonald’s restaurants. According to the staff at fast-food restaurants, the dispensers may not contain the most recent batch of ketchup. We are sorry to be the ones to provide such unfavourable information.
Blair shared with us that her buddy who worked at McDonald’s gave her the inside scoop on the cleaning procedure, and she advised us not to consume the ketchup that was dispensed from the ketchup dispensers. Blair’s friend had worked there.
She issues a word of caution, saying, “I have a friend who has worked at McDonald’s for the last six months, and she informed me that the ketchup in the dispensers is not replaced as regularly as it should be.” It’s not that these dispensers are never cleaned, and it’s not that new ketchup is never supplied; neither of those things is true. The procedure is not precisely the cleanest one available to choose. She explains that the workers do clean the ketchup dispenser by removing the ketchup from the dispenser before washing it, but after cleaning they put the old ketchup back in the dispenser. Wait, so how long has part of that ketchup been sitting out here for us to dip our fries in? It would seem that there is no way to find out.
Naturally, there is not an infinite amount of ketchup in those objects, so soon a fresh supply will be transported across. This will happen eventually. Blair notes that the fresh ketchup is only introduced once the previous bottle has been completely depleted. Blair is of the opinion that this method is “very unsanitary,” despite the fact that we do not know how long a tub of ketchup lasts at McDonald’s and hence do not know precisely how long it has been sitting there.
It’s possible that McDonald’s isn’t the only restaurant chain that uses this technique; it’s certainly not the only one that does. Blair states, “I feel that it applies to most food chain restaurants as well,” and I believe it to be true.
We are not suggesting that you should never consume McDonald’s ketchup again; the decision is entirely in your hands. In point of fact, we may put ourselves in harm’s way every once in a while. It simply relies on the health standards you adhere to and the preferences you have in general. In the end, if you are really worried, you may choose to use the ketchup packets, or you can bring your own bottle with you.