McDonalds Needs a New PR Person

Did you hear the latest about a plastic ingredient in the bread that Subway makes and sells? A very persistent blogger called them out on it. Apparently the ingredient they’ve been using for their bread is also found in plastics and is used to make things like yoga mats. The substance – azodicarbonamide – is apparently banned in Europe as being unsafe and has been shown to cause respiratory issues and to exacerbate allergies. But it’s OK here, I guess. Other fast food companies use it, too.


Subway issued a statement and claimed they would  remove it from all their products although they didn’t say when. Burger King, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Wendy’s and others use it too in some of their food products. Most of the fast food places said they’d reevaluate the use or look into the studies further to determine how and if it affects people. But the response from McDonald’s bugged me.

When asked for a comment, McDonalds said, “What? A toxic ingredient? Ah screw it, the FDA approves it so we’re just gonna keep on using it to make the yummy tasting products that our suckers continue to buy.”

Maybe that’s not an exact quote but that’s basically what they said.

Whatever happened to good public relations? To good customer service? Getting out ahead of a bad story? Doing the right thing? Out the window.

My family used to visit McDonald’s on a semi-regular basis. Mostly as a pit stop when traveling. The occasional hamburger here and there won’t kill you, right? Plus I was always in love with my annual Big Mac. The caloric consumption was so great and the deed so sinful that I relegated myself to a once-a-year “treat.” Our visits have waned over the years and thankfully neither of my girls are addicted to the lure of Happy Meals. I realize there are bigger mountains to die on, but for goodness sake now that we know how icky this ingredient is, why on Earth would you put it in your body?

This from the woman who still consumes diet coke with a vengeance. I know it’s poison, but I drink it in full knowledge. I’m not perfect.

I’m disappointed in McDonald’s. And so I’ve signed the petition to speak up and get my voice heard. She has more than 78,000 signatures so far.

I won’t be visiting McDonald’s anytime soon. But if they happen to be part of those pit stop mega-restaurant places, at least I know I can practice my yoga.


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