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April 22nd, 2012, 04:52 PM
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So I think most of us know all those "experiements" with McDonalds and other fast food burgers and fries on how they don't mold.

Do you think they are real or fake?
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April 22nd, 2012, 05:08 PM
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Real. They're pretty old news.

McDonald's Happy Meal bought by Sally Davies shows no sign of mould after 6 months | Mail Online

Mold likes damp and the food in these experiments is usually left out in the open to be dry, and McDogfood is full of a ton of preservatives. Creepy, but not a hoax.
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April 22nd, 2012, 05:13 PM
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Yeah I think the experiment is real, but I don't think that because it didn't mold makes them horrible. Yes I think USA's fastfood is extremely nasty, but an organic bun and burger left in dry air with no condoments may not mold either. I did an experiment a long time ago on different breads (white, wheat, organic, non-organic) and placed them in different conditions and both the organic and non-organic did not mold in open air. I think it is unfair to not show the opposite side (organic hamburger) in the same conditions.
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April 22nd, 2012, 05:19 PM
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Well, take 6 months of pictures and post them! lol Anybody can do this. Well, I can't. My dogs won't stop circling the food after just 2 days. The puppy is all too happy to eat out of the cats' litter box and my Great Dane can reach any counter I can reach, I know bread being left about won't stay where I put it for too long!
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April 22nd, 2012, 05:32 PM
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I agree with Foxfire.

it's almost disturbing really....
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April 22nd, 2012, 06:11 PM
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I had a Mcdonalds french fry in the trunk of my car way back in the corner for years. When I finally crawled in and threw it away, it still looked like a mcdonalds french fry, except it was hard. Same thing with Burger King tater tots. Don't ask me how they ended up in the trunk of my car.
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April 22nd, 2012, 06:18 PM
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I can't do the experiement. We only have I think 2 McDonalds in the entire country and they are not made with USA meat. I have 2 dogs too and they are big and would get it.

ETA: I'm not saying it's not real. I just think it's not ok to mislead people. You can get the point across that fast food is unhealthy by just looking at the facts on how the foods are made and the quality of food. But doing an experiment without any condiments (which is not how the burgers even come) in the dry air is misleading.
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I had a Mcdonalds french fry in the trunk of my car way back in the corner for years. When I finally crawled in and threw it away, it still looked like a mcdonalds french fry, except it was hard. Same thing with Burger King tater tots. Don't ask me how they ended up in the trunk of my car.
Exactly. I know I had french fries in my floorboard all through my senior year and they looked fresh. lol
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I can't do the experiement. We only have I think 2 McDonalds in the entire country and they are not made with USA meat. I have 2 dogs too and they are big and would get it.

ETA: I'm not saying it's not real. I just think it's not ok to mislead people. You can get the point across that fast food is unhealthy by just looking at the facts on how the foods are made and the quality of food. But doing an experiment without any condiments (which is not how the burgers even come) in the dry air is misleading.
But the burgers can come without condiments. And I honestly don't think the condiments make the food higher quality, lol. The condiments will get gross, scrape it off, and I bet the brger will still look like the picture form the article.
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April 22nd, 2012, 07:42 PM
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^ Right. I'm saying that the condiments will make the bread moist which aids in mold. By having completely dry food in a dry open space makes the experiment misleading because if they had condiments on then it would get moist and would mold in those areas. By not doing that, and not explaining that, they are saying that fast food is horrible because they don't mold. But it would be the same with a dry piece of organic bread in the same dry open conditions.
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April 22nd, 2012, 07:55 PM
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^ Right. I'm saying that the condiments will make the bread moist which aids in mold. By having completely dry food in a dry open space makes the experiment misleading because if they had condiments on then it would get moist and would mold in those areas. By not doing that, and not explaining that, they are saying that fast food is horrible because they don't mold. But it would be the same with a dry piece of organic bread in the same dry open conditions.
Ah, I see what you are saying now.
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April 22nd, 2012, 11:15 PM
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Yeah I think the experiment is real, but I don't think that because it didn't mold makes them horrible. Yes I think USA's fastfood is extremely nasty, but an organic bun and burger left in dry air with no condoments may not mold either. I did an experiment a long time ago on different breads (white, wheat, organic, non-organic) and placed them in different conditions and both the organic and non-organic did not mold in open air. I think it is unfair to not show the opposite side (organic hamburger) in the same conditions.
It's been done. Or at least "all natural" beef with a store bought bun, which faired the same as McDs. Excepting the larger quarter pounders which both didn't do so well.

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April 23rd, 2012, 04:12 AM
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I had mcdonalds chips in my car that went mouldy, they were only in there for a week...
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April 23rd, 2012, 05:27 AM
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I had mcdonalds chips in my car that went mouldy, they were only in there for a week...
What country do you live in?
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April 23rd, 2012, 07:25 AM
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McDonalds does chips?
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McDonalds does chips?
I think chips is another word for fries.
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Ah yes, I forgot about that
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April 23rd, 2012, 10:22 AM
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I wouldn't say doing it with out condiments is misleading. I've been out of school a while, but don't most experiments have a control done with just the bare minimum?

The experiment was done by an artist... it wasn't like it was a lab controlled study that would have a dozen variables.


I'll see if Reme left me any partial burgers in the van when I clean it out on Friday. They'd have cheese and ketchup... (he likes to not finish, and then stuff it somewhere so we think he did eat it and then I find it months later... never found a rotten one).
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April 23rd, 2012, 12:46 PM
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There are a lot of experiements with this done. It's misleading to not inform people that you'll get a different result without condiments, hence why there is no mold. And just because it looks fresh (which it actually doesn't) doesn't = safe to consume.
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