Sourcing McDonald's Beef [split from Miami board]
- Frodnesor Jun 27, 2010 08:45 PM
"McDonald's buys some of its meat overseas is that American beef is TOO fatty!!"
That's ridiculous. Any butcher can control the amount of fat in the mix of any ground meat by what they put into the grind, and certainly McDonalds can do so to the exact degree it should choose. If they are buying overseas it's because it's cheaper.
Here's what Snopes.com found out. Snopes is one of those myth debunker Web sites. They track down urban myths and try to suss out how they started and if there's truth to the matter. According to their research McDonald's went overseas for SOME of its beef because it could not find enough low-fat beef. I am not sure how it works re: the butcher but from my understanding if you start with a lower fat cut it is going to be lower in fat. If your cows are raised to have lower fat, for example grass fed, you will have lower fat meat.? I could be wrong.
"That's ridiculous. Any butcher can control the amount of fat in the mix of any ground meat by what they put into the grind, and certainly McDonalds can do so to the exact degree it should choose."
You assume McDonald's is buying select cuts like you do from a butcher. They buy "trimmings" and there's no shortage of fat in those trimmings here in the U.S. There just isn't an abundance of lean trimmings to go with that so McDonald's and other volume buyers have to supplement with lean trimmings, some of which come from outside the U.S. Uruguayan cattle, as an example, tend to be grass-fed and leaner than U.S. cattle.