Joann Bruso Urban Legend?

By Nonna Joann • Mar 24th, 2010 • Category: Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

How fast things change. It just goes to show you the power of the Internet. I would have never guessed in a million years that my Happy Birthday to My Happy Meal blog would create an international stir. (Pictured is my Happy Meal on its first birthday.)

In the past week, I’ve been interviewed for print and radio media in China, England, Scotland, Sweden, Canada and the U.S. Various television stations called to set up interviews.

Yesterday, a reporter first told me that McDonald’s responded to my Happy Meal blog. This is McDonald’s statement: “The posting on this site about our hamburgers is completely unsubstantiated and is in the realm of urban legends. McDonald’s hamburger patties in the United States are made with 100% USDA-inspected ground beef. Our hamburgers are cooked and prepared with salt, pepper and nothing else — no preservatives, no fillers. Our hamburger buns are baked locally, are made from North American-grown wheat flour and include common government–approved ingredients designed to assure food quality and safety. These are the same foods that consumers buy every day in their local grocery stores — bread, meat and potatoes.

According to Dr. Michael Doyle, Director, Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia, ‘From a scientific perspective, I can safely say that the way McDonald’s hamburgers are freshly processed, no hamburger would look like this after one year unless it was tampered with or held frozen’.”

Whoa…I’m an “urban legend”? Now, I‘m laughing. (I really laughed when the reporter read me the statement.)

Only problem is that I did put the Happy Meal on my shelf, not in a refrigerator or freezer. I’ve had it out and about as a prop for my talks. I wouldn’t even know how to begin to “tamper” with it in order to make it last a year.

Just because “These are the same foods that consumers buy every day in their local grocery stores,” doesn’t make them healthful. That’s the reason I blog, to help parents understand what’s in the food they are purchasing. Their jingle would be more truthful if it said, “Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese and onions on an azodicarbonamide sesame-seed bun!”

Funny, McDonald’s didn’t mention in their statement the ridiculous amount of chemicals (hydrogenated anything is a trans fat) in their French fries. This is the ingredient list for fries from the McDonald’s site:

“French Fries: Potatoes, vegetable oil (canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, natural beef flavor [wheat and milk derivatives]*, citric acid [preservative]), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain color), salt. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent. CONTAINS: WHEAT AND MILK *(Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients).”

Scary, when you think toddlers’ first finger food is a French fry and preschoolers eat fast food several times a week!

It appears people have strong feelings about their junk food. The global interest crashed my site several times. Each new server went in with larger capacity only to crash in a few hours. Finally, I got the mother of all dedicated servers. It’s as good as it gets! Only to have the motherboard crash…Murphy’s Law at work. Obviously, I’m up and running now.

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8 comments on »

  1. funny…of course Mickey D’s is going to make a comment like that….and HOW silly about the scientist..guess they searched around to find one ignorant one. EVERYONE should watch Jamie Oliver THIS Friday night ABC…2 hour show on saving Americans from food…..he teaches us about REAL food….without chemicals, hormones, toxins, etc….WAY too many people are so ignorant as to WHAT is healthy food!! Why on earth do we have more disease and disorders than EVER before…..FOOD and environment causing HORRIFIC side effects!! We need to STOP the insanity….cook like our grandmothers used to–READ labels and fight for the good of our nation and our health and that of our children’s!

  2. “Nonna”, come ON! You are as bad as the fast food places you are trying to turn people against!! I dare you, DARE YOU, to take a piece of bread, ANY BREAD, get it at the grocery store, or make it from scratch yourself just to prove to yourself how dumb you are, but take a piece of bread, and sit it on your little shelf in the open air. IT WILL NOT MOLD. NEVER. EVER. If you understood anything about the food you so passionately write about AT ALL, you would know that mold WILL NOT GROW in a dry, open-air, environment. EVER. Mold grows in moist, stale, environments. Same thing for decomposition. Bacteria require MOISTURE (WATER, H20) to live. So put a burger patty on your nice, dry, open-air, shelf, and watch it dry out. ANY burger patty. Go kill the freakin’ cow yourself and make yerself a burger patty and put it on your shelf, and watch it dry out, and stay that way. If you wanted to truly drive home your point, you would have placed a “Control-Meal” next to your happy meal to show how it was SUPPOSED to decompose, except if you had done that, neither would have decomposed, and you would be exposed as a fraud, and we just can’t have that can we?? I’m a picky eater, but I rarely eat fast food. Your true enemy is laziness of parents who don’t take the time to find or fix their kids’ meals they will eat, not McDonalds. The reason fast food is thriving, is because people are lazy, not because fast food chains are evil. Propoganda like this is worse than any Fast Food company out there, because they at least, are telling the truth as a general principle, if for no other reason than those like yourself are waiting for them to screw up. While you, on the other hand, resort to pranks like this to get your attention and make your living. Man I’m hungry…. think I’ll go fix myself a BIG, FAT, JUICY, RIBEYE right now.

  3. If anyone is in doubt, the observation is simple enough for anyone to do at home for themselves. Maybe Nonna should pose a challenge for others to do it (even for a three month period) and report back their findings. Food is supposed to mold in way less time!

  4. AND ALL OF YOU WHO WANT TO DO THIS AT HOME, BESIDE YOUR HAPPY MEAL I WANT YOU TO GO TO THE MARKET, BUY SOME GROUND BEEF, A POTATO, AND SOME ORGANIC NO-PRESERVATIVES BURGER BUNS. MAKE THE BURGER YOURSELF. CUT UP THE POTATO AND MAKE THE FRIES YOURSELF. USE THE NON-PRESERVATIVE BUNS FOR THE BURGER. PUT IT BESIDE THE HAPPY MEAL, AND WHEN ONE MOLDS AND THE OTHER DOESN’T, YOU CAN THEN PUFF YOUR CHESTS AT HOW RIGHT YOU ARE.

  5. THERE YA GO BARRIE!!! Just like the typical American… all of our problems are someone else’s fault. Never ours. Blame the evil food industry for obesity. Not the parents and people who are CHOOSING to eat the food. Blame blame blame, never MY fault I’m fat, I just ate too much and sat on the couch!

  6. ” common government- approved ingredients” We’re supposed to trust that??? Hum…

  7. Wow… I LOVE Jackie’s idea.

  8. Why don’t we all try the Happy Meal test? To make it “valid” for the powers that be at McDonald’s, we just need to put it on a shelf like Joann did. Keep the receipt to show the date you bought the meal. Then, take a photograph of the meal each day along with the front page of your metro paper, highlighting the date you took the photo (this proves that you took the photo of the same meal on that date). Jackie is right, food should mold in a short period of time, right? So, do the test for three months and report your findings to Nonna Joann and McD’s. If McDonald’s does not believe this test would be accurate, then let’s ask them to post their version of the Happy Meal test that we customers can do at home. By the way, can’t the scientific wizards at McDonald’s carbon date the actual age of Joann’s meal or something anyway? Or is throwing this test into the realm of “urban legend” just a little too convenient??

    Personally, I think McDonald’s will do anything to save its reputation.

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