A new video that shows how a potato journeys from the fields to McDonald's frying pan has been posted to YouTube. The video is part of the fast food chain's efforts to suppress rumors about its supply and production process.
An employee of McDonald's Canada, Scott Gibson, who works as a manager in McDonald's supply chain in Canada, says: "We've received so many questions about our french fries we thought we'd take you on a behind the scenes tour from the farm all the way to the fryer."
The five-minute video shows Gibson explaining the process and answering consumers' questions.
He describes how potatoes are harvested and sorted at the Levesque Family Farm, one of the fast food chain's suppliers, shipped to the processing plant where they are washed, peeled and cut into strips. He tells us that dextrose solution and chemicals for color stabilization are added in the production process. The chips are fried for 45 to 50 seconds, frozen and shipped off to restaurants where they are fried once again in vegetable oil.
The potatoes are cut into strips, fried and frozen
The Daily Meal raises a question:
"Of course the main question out of all of this is why the fries happen to have so much salt. None of this is answered in the interview, but it does look like four orders of fries collectively get one tablespoon of salt. Turns out, you can also ask for your fries without any salt, but where's the fun in that?"