Now we’re not stupid, we all know McDonald’s isn’t exactly good for our health. It doesn’t stop us indulging now and again though.
Health is barely at the forefront of our minds when we decide to treat ourselves to fast-food though, so it’s never really too much of a concern.
That being said, if McDonald’s is one of your staple fast-food choices, you may want to look away now.
Speaking to The Sun, a Maccies employee who works in a branch in Essex has shared their own tips on what you should and shouldn’t order from the restaurant.
This includes warnings against the ice machine which “isn’t cleaned as often as it should be” – which isn’t a great start considering I don’t think I’ve ever had a drink from Maccies which didn’t have ice in it.
Among the tips he offered, according to The Sun, were:
- Order food at times when the menu changes – just after 8am, 10am, noon, 2pm, 5pm and 7pm
- Ask for chips without salt in order to get a fresh batch
- Don’t order milkshake
- Avoid ordering ice in your drinks
Explaining his advice on the chips the employee said: “Order your chips without any salt because then we have to make a fresh batch of fries.”
The employee also added that McDonald’s milkshake is just made from the same mix that they use for the ice cream.
He said: “I just don’t see the point in paying for one or the other when they are literally made from the same thing.”
It doesn’t make for great reading. Especially after a recent study found that poo and bacteria had been found on every menu screen that was tested in the restaurants.
The worrying revelations came as part of an investigation by The Metro.
The paper claims that they took samples from a variety of different machines, six in London and two in Birmingham, and every one of them had coliforms.
Senior lecturer in microbiology at London Metropolitan University Dr Paul Matewele said: “We were all surprised how much gut and faecal bacteria there was on the touchscreen machines. These cause the kind of infections that people pick up in hospitals.
“For instance Enterococcus faecalis is part of the flora of gastrointestinal tracts of healthy humans and other mammals. It is notorious in hospitals for causing hospital acquired infections.”
This isn’t a laughing matter though, as one particular screen had staphylococcus, a bacteria that can cause blood poisoning and toxic shock syndrome.
Dr Matewele said: “Seeing Staphylococcus on these machines is worrying because it is so contagious. It starts around people’s noses, if they touch their nose with their fingers and then transfer it to the touchscreen someone else will get it, and if they have an open cut which it gets into, then it can be dangerous.
“There is a lot of worries at the moment that staphylococcus is becoming resistant to antibiotics. However, it is still really dangerous in places like Africa where it can cause toxic shock.”
Listeria bacteria was found on other machines which can cause listeriosis. In case you’re unfamiliar with this, it can lead to miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. Dr Matewele said: “Listeria is another rare bacterium we were shocked to find on touchscreen machines as again this can be very contagious and a problem for those with a weak immune system.”
This is pretty concerning, but McDonald’s told Metro: “Our self-order screens are cleaned frequently throughout the day. All of our restaurants also provide facilities for customers to wash their hands before eating.”