Did you hear the one about a
finger appearing in a cup of Wendy’s chilli?rumours about fast food crop up all the time, from where chains source their ingredients to how food is served.
We dug up some of the most persistent rumours about fast food, and shed some light on what’s fact and what’s fiction, so you can rest easy next time you pull up at the drive-thru.
A prominent rumour on the web is that McDonald's milkshakes are made with reconstituted animal fat.
This is fiction. Though this rumour might seem believable, given each milkshake contains as many as 560 calories, nowhere in any of the chain's lists of ingredients for milkshakes is animal fat listed.
Whether or not KFC is using 'chicken' in the fast-food chain's recipes is called into question on a number of websites.
The website urbanlegendsonline.com claims Kentucky Fried Chicken became KFC to conceal a government mandated name change after the 'organisms' used by the chain as a source of meat could no longer be considered chickens.
It goes on to allege the genetically modified birds have no beaks, feet or feathers.
This is fiction. In KFC's Ingredient Guide, the company lists chicken, indicating no such name change was mandated. And the name change had nothing to do with ingredients sourced by the company.
Most companies shy away from any religious affiliation, but one west coast fast-food chain is rumoured to print the gospel on cups and wrappers.
This is a fact. In-N-Out Burger prints bible citations (like John 3:16) on wrappers.
In response to a question on McDonald's Canada website about whether their chicken nuggets contained any fillers, McDonald's responded:
'We use a natural proportion of chicken skin as both flavour and binder in our seasoned chicken breast. That said, we don't really consider it a filler because it serves such a vital and delicious purpose!'
FICTION -- MOSTLY
In 2013, a test of ground beef used by Taco Bell restaurants in the UK found that it contained more than 1% horse meat.
Taco Bell issued an apology and immediately removed the ground beef from the locations. The company was unaware that the ground beef supplier, which remained unnamed, had used the horse meat and said none of it was used in any of its more than 5,500 U.S. locations.
A question asked again and again is if '100 per cent beef' includes the entire cow? Some allege that it does.
This is fiction. The entirety of a cow is not ground to form the burger patties used by McDonald's. The company uses cuts from the shoulder, chuck, brisket, rib eye, loin and round according to its website.
An email has circulated on and off for nearly a decade alleging that plastic water bottles contain a chemical called Diethylhydroxylamine, or DEHA, and that it causes cancer.
Most versions of the chain letter say the chemical is released into the water when bottle are heated, for example, if it were left in a hot car.
This is fiction. The American Cancer Society says DEHA is not present in the plastic used to make water bottles and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) says DEHA 'is not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans.'
There are no name brand fast-food franchises in the Gaza Strip, but not because there isn't a market for them.
It takes four hours for this illicit delivery service to get your order of KFC from El Arish, Egypt to the Gaza Strip, according to a New York Times article.
Yes, customer Anna Ayala found a finger in her chilli at a San Jose Wendy's in 2005.
But Ayala was the one who put it there. She and her boyfriend pleaded guilty in 2006 to planting the finger as part of an extortion scheme, and were sentenced to prison terms.
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