The OSI Group is the meat processing company that is responsible for making the hamburgers for McDonald’s. The OSI Group original name was Otto & Sons it was originally started in 1928 buy a German immigrant by the name of Otto Kolschowsky. The company changed its name from Otto and Sons to OSI Industries in 1975. The company started making fresh ground beef patties for McDonald’s in 1955 under the former name. Over the years McDonald’s has sold many hamburgers, it is said that they sell 75 burgers a second and out of all these burgers sold, some people have questioned the ingredients. A gentleman by the name of David Whipple in 1999 left a McDonald’s hamburger in a cupboard for 14 years and he found the burger in the same condition as he left it. In defense of McDonald’s a program director at the University of Guelph Department of Food Science by the name of Keith Warriner, stated the food not rotting had little to do with the preservatives but more with the elements. He stated that if one of these elements such as water, nutrients, and warm are missing then the microbes won’t grow and therefore the food won’t spoil.
The OSI Group Gunzburg Germany Factory is the largest and biggest suppliers of hamburgers for McDonald’s. This factory produces on average 5 million burgers a day. This factory does production for other companies but 90% of production is for McDonald’s. The company follows strict standard precautions before you enter the factory you have to put on protective clothing and wash your hands thoroughly. Other precautions taken by the factory is if an employee has a stomach bug they aren’t allowed back to work until they are seen by a doctor. This measure can prevent bacteria and viruses from coming into contact with the meat. The meat is of very high quality and there are no preservatives. Loose-fitting clothing, jewelry, and plastic pens are not allowed in the factory this measure prevents objects from ending up in the meat. If the employee needs a pen the OSI Group only allows metal pens back in the factory. The reason why is because in the final phase of production the burgers are ran through a metal detector so if a metal pen would accidentally end up in the meat it would be detected. To know more about the company click here.
When the incoming meat first enters the factory it is checked to ensure that no bones are present. McDonald’s prefer to have large pieces of meat coming to the factory. The reason why is because big pieces of meat reduce the risk of meat being contaminated. The meat will eventually be minced and shaped into burger patties by a machine. The burgers are also tested to ensure the fat content is right for safety reasons. McDonald’s burgers are being produced carefully and under strict sanitary conditions. The meat is of high-quality and this is why they are the giant they are today.