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Old 11 June 2007, 01:14 AM
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Comment: i have heard that a restaurant named taco tico used horse meant
and they were shutdown about 15-17 years ago in muncie, in. there is still
a taco tico in ky and i was planning on gong there, but if this is true, i
won't be.
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Old 11 June 2007, 01:55 AM
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It's true! Fast food companies are always trying to pay more money for exotic meats that don't taste very much like beef at all.
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Old 11 June 2007, 08:16 AM
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Comment: I have a anecdote to tell you.In a MacDonald's of my country,
they served bitten hamburgers.First of all english isn't my native
language so IŽll try my best to explain myself.Beforehand I want to said
that this is totally true,I wonder if my story could be published.
Some years ago,my father always bought me fast food for dinner. And one of
the options was the sickening MacDonald's.I live in Pachuca,a small city
of the Hidalgo state,here in Mexico.
Well you now know that my country belongs to the 3rd world,poverty,traffic
and corruption is just the everyday bread of the country,so maybe for you
it sounds more credible than before.There are 2 MacDonalds in my city,one
is near a office store called Office Depot.This is the one what Im talking
about.Several weeks ago I'd notice tiny little bits in the bread of the
hamburgers and I began to wonder if they could be probably of,well you
know,rats,but I just ignore them and just,change the bread for another new
one of common store.I have to mention that,at least on my country,the
hamburguer are not too well prepared,so I always open them just to put
mayo an mustard to improve the taste.Suddenly one day I open my hamburger
as always and,SURPRISE,I saw the meat with 2 half circles on the
meat,resembling,well,not resembling,higly possible a person's bites on
it.So I talk to my father totally shocked and angry.But he saids that
he'll never will buy at MacDonalds again and heŽll buy me another
thing.Certainly my father is of the cowardly one type who doesnt want
trouble even if he is affording one.But more than sick and shocked I was
totally angry and planning what to do.So I've decided to show it to all
the customers in the stablishment and complaint at the conter screaming
and throwing the hamburguer at them.Effectively thats what I did,I showed
the bitten hamburger at some of the customers including a foreing girl who
curse after seeing it.I talked demanding to talk to the manager and throw
it at the counter.Now what im thinking of it the best thing would be to
call the local newspaper and make a lawsuit against MacDonalds,but whats
is done is done.And at that moment I was totally angry that I canŽt think
clearly,eventhough I suffer of mental distress,so at the end that wasnŽt
probable.I have no proof of the incident,I've taken pics of the hamburger
wit a cell,but the stupid of my siter erase them.So the only I have is my
word ,the testymony of that people who I talked including the foreign
one.So in conclusion never come to Mexico,here people serve recycled food
even in your lovely MacDonalds.
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Old 02 July 2007, 05:24 PM
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Comment: For a long time in my area there have been rumours that the cheese slices
used in burgers at McDonalds, Burger King etc. are actually made of
plastic. Is there any truth to this?
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Old 02 July 2007, 06:01 PM
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Comment: For a long time in my area there have been rumours that the cheese slices
used in burgers at McDonalds, Burger King etc. are actually made of
plastic. Is there any truth to this?
It's absolutely true. If you buy a pack of cheese slices, you will notice they are made of a folded sheet of plastic, with a soft yellowish substance inbetween, presumably as some sort of protection during transit.

Before use it is necessary to remove the yellow substance and discard it.
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Old 03 July 2007, 06:14 AM
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Comment: I am almost positive this is untrue, but someone told me that KFC
workers were caught throwing chickens against their kitchen walls to make
the meat more "tender."
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Old 03 July 2007, 07:28 AM
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In a MacDonald's of my country
I'm just wondering; I see this a lot, particularly from people outside the US, but why do people add an "a" to McDonald's?
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Old 03 July 2007, 08:42 AM
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Comment: I was told a woman put a McDonalds hamburger patty in a closed
container and placed it in a cabinet. Six years later it had not rotted or
broken down.

Is there any truth to that?
IIRC there was a story on an Australian news program (either on Today Tonight or A Current Affair) in which a woman who worked in Nutrition education (with high school kids) had a cheese burger she kept in a container for two years and it still looked and smelt the same as it did the day that she bought it . The reporter in the story did the same thing but only for six weeks (presumably the time it took to prepare the story) and the burger still looked the same.

The educator claimed it was because of an excess of preservatives but the reporter had a lab look at it and concluded that there were an awful lot of preservatives in the bun and the cheese (more than you really want to eat) but the burger patty was preserved because the cooking process dried it out a lot and as time went on the remaining water in the burger was evaporating making the patty into a form of jerky.

I've tried to find info about the story on the web site of both programs but they only seem to back date the last few months- and even that is sadly lacking in story details.
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Old 13 July 2007, 09:59 PM
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Comment: Does Subway restaurant use horse meat for its sandwiches?
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Old 13 July 2007, 10:01 PM
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Does Subway restaurant use horse meat for its sandwiches?
I think horsemeat would be tough to come by in such large quantities at a reasonable cost, given that the last horse slaughterhouse in the U.S. was just shut down.

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Old 13 July 2007, 10:10 PM
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I think horsemeat would be tough to come by in such large quantities at a reasonable cost, given that the last horse slaughterhouse in the U.S. was just shut down.

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But, snopes, they used horsemeat before that. Now they have to use worms, or possibly foxes with mange. It depends on market prices at the time.
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Old 14 July 2007, 04:27 AM
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I worked at Subway. Whatever that stuff was was not meat - horse, worm, or otherwise. Kinda like McNuggets.

Actually, having read many of the ingredient lists on Subway products, it's just regular lunchmeat like you'd buy at the store.
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Old 14 July 2007, 10:27 PM
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When I was a kid, the rumor was that White Castles were made from rat-meat. Silly, considering the probable expense and trouble of using small mammals instead of giant ones. Now I didn't believe it, but that didn't stop me from calling them, like everyone else I knew, "rats." We'd eat them by the dozen, but it was always, "Hey let's go get some rats!" Occasionally, we'd even order them that way in the drive-through - "15 rats and a small diet coke, please." (No one cared, and no one had to ask what it meant. Heh.)

So the first time I saw a commercial for WC that started out "Go ahead, you can call them that...it's ok..." I was so excited I thought they were finally going to use our Jersey-word for it, except he went on to say "Sliders!" Sliders? Sliders??!! Who the hell ever heard of a slider? And why did no one else ever hear of rats? Or were they being clever and trying to shed the "rat" name? (Good luck, we still call them that )

I figured later that rats was probably more of a local thing that came from the rumors and not something they were called all over the country. Which is kind of sad, because there's nothing like a rat
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Old 16 July 2007, 10:28 AM
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Comment: Does Subway restaurant use horse meat for its sandwiches?
And if so, what's the problem with that?
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Old 16 July 2007, 11:06 AM
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And if so, what's the problem with that?
Here in the US people tend to turn faint and mutter things like "Nooo! they're eating [fill in the name of a beloved horse}!" when people bring up eating horsemeat.
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Old 16 July 2007, 01:16 PM
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Here in the US people tend to turn faint and mutter things like "Nooo! they're eating [fill in the name of a beloved horse}!" when people bring up eating horsemeat.
Yeah, I know. It was a slightly rhetoric question. It all reminds me of when I passed through Brussels once and saw a sign outside a restaurant announcing that they served "lapin au kriek" (rabbit cooked in cherry beer). The friend I was travelling with simply refused to get in there as he didn't want to run the risk of seeing people, maybe even someone sitting at the same table, eating Thumper.
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Old 20 July 2007, 06:26 AM
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Looks like Subway is back in business:

Last U.S. Horse Slaughter Plant to Reopen

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...TAM&SECTION=US
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Old 21 July 2007, 02:03 AM
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The last time I was in Germany (goodness nearly a decade ago) you could still buy deep fried apple pies, along with you McBeer, and and Grosse Mac, which was wonderful since the deep fried apple pie has been banned in the united states for about twenty years now.
Oh God! I know. I was travelling through Germany a few years ago, and found a McD's that had not only the deep fried pie...but a CHERRY deep fried pie. I swear to God I went inside and I must have eaten four of the things.

Sigh. Why did the ban the deep fried pie? Why? So good. And even if you do die of an acute myocardial event (most likely on the spot), at least you would go with a smile!

Or a Grimace. Hee Hee.
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Old 21 July 2007, 05:03 AM
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The drift of this thread toward what foods have been offered at various fast food places makes me think of my guy's routing drive-thru comment: "Come on, the menu is the same as it's been ALL YOUR LIFE. How can you not know what you want already?"

So haha, honey, no it hasn't.
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Old 03 August 2007, 07:22 AM
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Comment: I have been told by former employees of McDonald's that the
company's famous french fries contain MSG. I have also heard that their
chicken products contain Emu.
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