McDonald’s removes preservatives as part of its ‘food journey’

The burger chain announced it would make the changes to its burger offerings as part of its larger effort to offer healthier food options. The move got a mixed reception on social media.

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It might not be health food, but McDonald’s wants you to know it is making its menu healthier.

The burger chain made famous for its fast service—and reviled for food practices including the use of warming bins, flash freezing and additives—is taking steps to address consumer concerns. The company has been on “a food journey.” toward an updated, more transparent menu.

The latest step is to remove preservatives from its burger offerings.

It wrote in its newsroom:

Since 2014, McDonald’s USA has been on a food journey. We’ve been laser-focused on using our size and scale to implement meaningful changes across our entire menu, changes that we know are important to our customers, our franchisees, our people and our planet. We’ve evolved everything from when we serve certain items, to how we cook our beef patties, to the ingredients we use across our menu. And now, we’ve taken that journey to new heights.

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