OSI Group McDonalds maintains factories all over the world that produce hamburger meat for McDonald’s. Unlike what many people believe, OSI Group McDonalds is clear that its products do not contain preservatives. Representatives recently toured OSI’s factory in Gunzberg, Germany to see for themselves that this was not the case for OSI Group McDonalds. Before entering the representatives were required to gird themselves with protective clothing and to thoroughly wash their hands. The first thing the representatives saw was an early stage where the meat that has just been delivered is carefully checked for any bones.
These are all smaller pieces of meat that are delivered from the slaughterhouse. McDonald’s specifically requires small pieces of meat since smaller pieces reduce the chance that they have been contaminated. After these pieces of meat are checked for bones, they are put into containers. This goes on all day with forklifts constantly carrying away containers. They take the meat to the next stage of the process where they are minced. The machine that does this mincing is also designed to mince any remaining small bones that were not detected in the first stage.
After the meat is fully minced, it is put into yet another container and taken to another machine that shapes the meat into burger patties. This meat is then brought to a temperature of exactly -18 degrees Celsius. The machines that do all this are also commonly used to create vegetarian burgers. This area is kept extremely cold. It is so cold that ice forms on the machinery and water vapors condense in the air. Before these burgers are really considered done, select burgers in each batch are tested for quality purposes.
Some of the burgers in each batch will even be grilled and tasted to ensure they are up to the strict standards of McDonald’s. On an average day, 5 million hamburgers will be churned out. Although 200 people are employed at the OSI Group McDonalds Gunzberg factory, each shift only sees from 45 to 60 employees operating the entire thing.