A man who stopped at McDonald's for an early breakfast has posted online a photo showing a deep-fried cockroach attached to the hash brown he allegedly bought at the McDonald's outlet.
The photo shows a crushed cockroach with splayed wings plastered to the potato cake. The man said the cockroach was hidden from sight by the paper with which the hash brown was served.
According to the Reddit user, LinkBoyJT, he stopped at McDonald's for breakfast about 5.45 a.m., after a late night and was already eating the hash brown when he realized it was contaminated. He noticed a lump in the cake and took a closer look. He said: "I first thought it was purple lettuce until I turned the light on. I swear, I nearly dropped the thing when I saw what it was." He did not eat any part of the cockroach and said he "probably would have vomited" had he.
According to Z6Mag, LinkBoyJT said: “It definitely looked like it was cooked with it. Maybe it was from their truck and froze with the hash brown?”
'The manager did not look concerned'LinkBoyJT said the manager did not seem shocked when he showed her the contaminated food. He wrote: "I took the thing and showed it to the manager and she marked my receipt so I could get the same meal for free the next time I come in for breakfast. She didn't really seem all that concerned."
If customers are shocked at finding bugs in their food at McDonald's, here is why McDonald's staff may not find it so shocking. According to PhysOrg.com, McDonald's is considering bugs as meat replacement. Z6Mag reports: "McDonalds has begun testing bugs as beef replacement. Although it’s still in the early stages, the ‘Bug Mac’ has been tested in some small cities throughout Europe."
A spokesperson for the Dutch division of the company explains why we may soon be having bugs in place of meat at McDonald's: “By 2050 there will be nine billion people on the planet which puts enormous pressure on the already stressed agricultural lands we have. There simply are limits to our ability to grow and harvest food and as the population increases, with more mouths and less land, those pressures are only going to increase. This experiment, partnered with experts from Wageningen University, is a pioneering effort to change that tide and hopefully change the way we all think about food, while still retaining the taste people have loved for generations.”
The spokesperson continued: “We have found that acceptance is highest amongst younger people who are often more willing to try new things. The real issue is not in the food itself, but in the mind. People are used to bugs being something to be squashed not something to be eaten but we believe can gradually change that impression. There are 1200 edible insects on the planet and they are much less demanding to grow. This will result in abundant food supplies are far lower costs to the environment, something that will be essential to future survival. That aside, we feel that that this offers a great opportunity for our consumers. Insect components will further reduce the costs associated with food and provide the same level of nutrition and great taste, something I think we can all agree are good things.”
A history of bugs in McDonald's foodDaily Mail notes that this is not the first time customers have found bugs in their food at McDonald's. According to The Huffington Post, a man in Ontario found 50 ants in his breakfast burrito in 2010. In 2011, a Miami family found insects parts in almost every dish they ordered.
An Australian found a cockroach stuck to the inside of his ice coffee.