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The Happy Meal Project

Posted by: jay11284 in Nutrition

Tagged in: Project , Mold , mcdonalds , Happy Meal , Fast-Food , Decompose



If bacteria doesn't want to eat it why do you? This is a question you should ask yourself next time you choose to eat fast-food, or give your kids fast-food for that matter. Artist and Photographer Sally Davies bought a Happy Meal from McDonald's back in April and left it out in her kitchen to see if the food would hold up over time. October 7, 2010 marks the 180th Day that the Happy Meal has been left out, and still it shows no signs of decomposition.

The Burger and Fries in Davies kitchen has become "hard as a rock" but has yet to show any mold growth or color change. The Happy Meal has been photographed each week for the 6 month span and posted on Sally Davies Flickr. This project, as one would imagine, has been turning many heads.

Where did the idea come from? According to Davies, "I told my friend about a schoolteacher who's kept a McDonald's burger for 12 years that hasn't changed at all, and he didn't believe me when I told him about it. He thought I was crazy and said I shouldn't believe everything that I read, so I decided to try it myself." 

The Fries haven't decomposed. The Burger hasn't decomposed. The Bun hasn't either. Shouldn't real bread, meat and potatoes grow mold?

Doesn't it smell? Nope, after 24 hours it stopped giving off a smell at all, and how it's hard as a rock on a glass plate according to Davies.

What does this mean? If food isn't frozen and left out, it should decompose. This can lead one to believe that the Happy Meal isn't actually food in a way then. Sure, you can eat it, but why doesn't the bacteria want to eat it?

What does McDonald's Have to Say? According to McDonald's hamburger patties in the United States are made with 100% USDA-inspected ground beef. McDonald's also stated that the hamburgers are cooked and prepared with salt, pepper and nothing else - no preservatives, no fillers. They also claim that the burgers buns are baked locally and they contain government-approved ingredients. 

View The Gallery of Photos Here

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written by waterbottle, Wednesday, 07:45 PM, October 13, 2010
I saw this on Yahoo. The only difference between the first day and the 180th day, is the bread, fries and meat look a little dehydrated.

Very interesting though. It's like toxic food that not even bacteria wants.
written by jay11284, Wednesday, 08:07 PM, October 13, 2010
Thanks for the feedback. I just want people to realize how bad this food is for you. McDonald's refuses to admit that they are serving people chemicals. They make themselves appear so clean & healthy in their commercials.
written by RandomThght9, Wednesday, 08:13 PM, October 13, 2010
Fast food is crap. I dont want to eat the sh#^

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