In 2014, McDonalds invited the Sunday Times into its burger production facility in City Deep. The fast food chain had fared badly in a Food Weekly burger taste test. Someone had said its burger tasted artificial. The company wanted to show us how safe and above board their food production methods were. As much as we love McDonalds horror stories, the factory was clinically clean. No pink, white or other slime to be seen, nothing visibly dodgy, no three-headed cows. The meat was sourced next door at Karan Beef and the procession line was pristine. All certificates were in order. I learnt that day, that one of the reasons McDonalds has to be strict about what they produce is consistency. Their food must taste the same wherever you go in the world. More importantly, it is to be safe. They have to avoid law suits at all costs, so people cannot get ill from eating bad food. We know how damaging law suits can be, don’t we Tiger Brands? (Whether McDonalds is a healthy option is another sto...

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