On the heels of the Fonterra botulism scare, a Seven Sharp investigation has revealed that six Auckland McDonald’s outlets have been selling parts of dead animals to children, and that other outlets may also be guilty of the same offence.
During a controlled purchase operation on Tuesday, volunteers aged between 7 and 14 recruited by Seven Sharp bought various food items from the six outlets.
Amongst the items purchased, cheeseburgers were found to contain parts of dead cows, McChickens were found to contain dead chickens, and hash browns contained traces of a variety of rodents.
Parents spoken to by Seven Sharp were shocked by the revelations.
“Yes,” said mother-of-two Sally Eustice, when asked if she was shocked by the revelations.
When asked to elaborate on this, she added “I’m shocked by these revelations.”
“I’m outraged,” said outraged father-of-one Jack Smith, who asked if he was going to be on “the telly.”
“What kind of society is it where you can’t even send your 7-year old down to pick up tea without getting into trouble? I can’t be expected to go everywhere with him. Have you ever been around kids? They’re a nightmare.”
“How are we supposed to know what’s in there? Why isn’t a cheeseburger called a ‘cowburger’?”
McDonald’s New Zealand managing director Patrick Wilson defended the outlets’ actions, saying that McDonald’s provides consumers with “options.”
“You could, for example, buy the charred corpse of a cow, or the festering remains of some creature that was pulled still-thrashing from the ocean,” he explained. “Or you could choose apple slices.”
“Nobody complains that somebody might walk in, decide they want to go nuts and decide to buy fifty kilograms of salad, but that’s an option available to our customers as readily as anything else.”
Wilson then quickly requested that nobody “make a big deal” about salad, saying that he was “having a bad enough day as it is.”
Auckland Regional Public Health Service medical officer of health Catherine Jackson said she was disappointed by the sales, and that the Service would be investigating further by trying everything on the menu for lunch next week, and then repeating the process the next week if their findings were not conclusive, which she expected they would not be.
There was initial concern that KFC outlets may have been selling dead chickens, but a KFC spokesperson assured parents that nothing resembling a chicken had been “anywhere near” their food.
One of the dead cows served by McDonald’s leaves behind two calves, Bernie and Admiral Moo. A moomorial service will be held next week.