McDonalds burger indestructible and so is Gardenia bread

Posted on October 15, 2010

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The latest story  from New York about McDonald’s burger which remains in good shape after 6 months reminds me of my wife’s tests on the locally made Gardenia bread. Those who buy Gardenia’s bread would notice the sticker has an expiry date which is only 4 days. Our family had been having Gardenia bread for the last 15 years or more. My chidren had been having Gardenia bread for breakfast since they started going to school.

We noted about 4 months back, the Gardenia bread remains fresh ( not stored in refridgerator ) even after 10 days – there was not even any sign of mould at all. It was frightening looking at such ” good shape and healthy” bread – I just cannot imagine the amount or what new type of preservatives has been put in the breads these days. After 3 observations, we decided to give up on Gardenia. Now we buy our daily breakfast bread from the local bakery, whose bread will start to mould consistently after 3 days but  we now feel healthier eating it.

This story from AFP is quoted below:

NEW YORK – TALK about eternal happiness. A New York woman who purchased a McDonalds Happy Meal six months ago says the uneaten burger and fries are in as good shape as they were the day she bought them.

The claim, backed up by a seemingly indestructible Happy Meal sitting in artist-photographer Sally Davies’ Manhattan apartment, has amazed people around the world.

The burger has featured on television shows and become the subject of intense speculation as people wonder how fast food can apparently show barely a trace of age after six months on a plate – and whether Ms Davies is telling the truth.

‘It all began with a bet with a friend of mine,’ she told AFP. ‘So on April 10th I bought one hamburger and I began photographing and nothing really happened. It smelled for one day, and it stopped,’ she said.

The burger has shrunken a little, but is mould-free and visually the same as one delivered in one of McDonald’s famous boxes. As Ms Daives says, there is no odour. Her two dogs, a Shih Tzu called Suki and Charlie the poodle, walked past without showing the slightest interest.

The Happy Meal’s endurance has puzzled and worried many, wondering whether food lasting so long can be healthy. McDonalds declined an interview request, but said in a statement that ‘menu items are freshly prepared in our restaurants. — AFP