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McDonald’s McRib Sandwich a Franken Creation of GMOs, Toxic Ingredients, Banned Ingredients

Anthony Gucciardi
January 8th, 2013
Updated 05/19/2013 at 7:44 pm
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mcdonaldsmcrib 265x167 McDonalds McRib Sandwich a Franken Creation of GMOs, Toxic Ingredients, Banned IngredientsIt’s ‘McRib season’, and thousands across the nation are scrambling to use online websites like the ‘McRib locator‘ to stuff the McDonald’s McRib sandwich down their throats. A sandwich that is not only full of genetically modified ingredients, a medley of toxic fillers and preservatives, but also some ingredients that are actually banned in other nations around the world. But honestly, are you surprised?

The McRib is the result of intensive marketing by McDonald’s. Utilizing the basics of supply and demand through creating scarcity over the McRib by only unleashing the culinary abomination for a fraction of the year that is only known once it is released, McDonald’s fans have been known to ‘hoard’ McRib sandwiches and eat them in extreme excess. It’s even a topic of the popular documentary Super Size Me, where filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (who gorges himself with McDonald’s for 30 days only to find serious health consequences) encounters ‘McRib hunters’ who actually travel the country eating McRib sandwiches.

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McDonald’s even made McRib fans sign a petition to ‘save the McRib’ online, bringing out a conglomerate of fans to bring back their favorite franken sandwich.

What’s Inside a McDonald’s McRib Sandwich?

But what’s really inside the McRib specifically that makes it such a food abomination? Containing over 70 ingredients, the McRib is full of surprises — including ‘restructured meat’ technology that includes traditionally-discarded animal parts brought together to create a rib-like substance. Here’s some of the disturbing substances found within the McDonald’s McRib sandwich:

A flour-bleaching agent used in yoga mats

Out of the 70 ingredients that make up the ‘pork’ sandwich, a little-known flour-bleaching agent known as azodicarbonamide lies among them. At first glance, this strange ingredient sounds concerning enough to look into. After a little research, you will find that even mainstream media outlets have generated content revealing how azodicarbonamide is actually used in the production of foamed plastics. Foamed plastics like yoga mats and more.

What’s more? In Australia and Europe, the use of azodicarbonamide as a food additive is banned. In Singapore specifically, use of this substance in food can result in a $450,000 fine and 15 years in jail. Thank you McDonald’s for supplying the nation with such healthful ingredients.

‘Restructured Meat’ from Pig Heart, Tongue, Stomach

McDonald’s McRib is famous in some circles for utilizing what’s known as ‘restructured meat’ technology. Since McDonald’s knows you’d never eat a pig heart, tongue, or stomach on your plate, they decided instead to grind up these ingredients and put them into the form of a typical rib. That way, consumers won’t know what they’re putting into their mouths. As the Chicago Mag reported, the innovator of this technology back in 1995 said it best:

“Most people would be extremely unhappy if they were served heart or tongue on a plate… but flaked into a restructured product it loses its identity.Such products as tripe, heart, and scalded stomachs…”

So in other words, it’s not actually a rib. Instead, it’s a combination of unwanted animal scraps processed down in major facilities and ‘restructured’ into the form of a rib. Then, 70 additives, chemicals, fillers, and GMO ingredients later, you have a ‘meat’ product that tastes like ribs.

For a visual representation with a full list, here’s an image summarizing what it calls the ‘McDiabetes McRib’ — complete with GMO indicators (click to enlarge):

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1.thumbnail McDonalds McRib Sandwich a Franken Creation of GMOs, Toxic Ingredients, Banned IngredientsGoogle Plus ProfileAnthony is the Editor of NaturalSociety whose work has been read by millions worldwide and is routinely featured on major alternative and mainstream news website alike, including the powerful Drudge Report, NaturalNews, Daily Mail, and many others. Anthony has appeared on programs like Russia Today (RT), Savage Nation, The Alex Jones Show, Coast to Coast AM, and many others. Anthony is also dedicated to aiding various non-profit organizations focused around health and rehabilitation as well as the creator of the independent political website Storyleak

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  • KrautMcFriend

    Another moron who doesn’t even know what free range eggs mean, in the USA.

    Get off your high horse. Go F yourself!

  • KrautMcFriend

    No. They aren’t. No one is putting a gun up to your head making you eat this. Be responsible for your own actions. I like the McRib. I eat it. I know what’s in it.

    Move to a communist China if you want the government to think for you.

  • KrautMcFriend

    You just said eat healthy, then admitted you eat at Wendy’s. Not only are you on a high horse, you’re also a dumb@ss.


  • KrautMcFriend

    You’re mildly retarded if you think this. Or, you need to research the dangers of smoking —- it’s a lot worse than the McRib.

  • Florida Squeezed

    John Spiers says: “If you are in a recession with barely any income, that is entirely voluntary. There is plenty of work to be done.”
    That’s the biggest lie I’ve ever heard in my whole life. There are not nearly enough jobs for everyone in this economy for a number of reasons. This is the hypocrisy of the “good health elitists” who pretend that everything bad that happens to someone is a result of their faulty decision-making. It’s a convenient excuse not to care about anyone but yourself.

    • Scott Douglas Lemoine

      You could start saving $1 a day and buy a seed package like this in 100 days, just in time to stop making excuses, and really DO something to take care of yourself as well as others.

  • Florida Squeezed

    I am not really shocked to find out that bizarre things are in my soylent green either. That being said, I think there is some merit in regulating such things. If you let them get by with a little horse meat then perhaps you’d be okay with animal vomit in your yogurt as well… See where this is going?

  • Florida Squeezed

    And the Right-Wingers are failing us by advocating that we disband the FDA altogether… So vote for lefties, protest Monsanto and demand to know what’s in your food. But don’t get mad when your Big Gulp from 7-Eleven comes in a reasonable size… You can’t have it both ways.

  • Florida Squeezed

    LOL… “Eat Healthy and don’t trust the government” says the person who ignores that the only reason people even know about the weird stuff in their food is BECAUSE of the Government.

  • J Kellock

    Ironic that an ad for printable McDonalds coupons appears at the end of this article, courtesy of Ad Choices. How does that happen?

  • Mari

    Single out McDonald's. How about other food chain, do you think they are organically, even fine restaurant they don't used organic ingredients to charge you $50,00 a plate. MIght as well grow your own vegetable, and have chicken, cow, pig farms. Does everyone afford to buy even organic eggs.

  • roger

    This does indeed sound quite scary. But in China, there was once a delicious cardboard pao. The cardboard was minced and given flavors until it tasted like a pork. That cardboard pao was quite a big seller. Apparently the maker got arrested after showing pride that the pao was made of cardboard.

  • Carlos609

    You suck!!!

  • Carlos609


  • msg

    At least the pickles have turmeric in them.

  • bbuckman

    I agree with Chad, meats that are considered horrible by the average American are regularly used to prepare delicious meals all over the world. It's just a question of culture and isolationism. I also think that the sanctimonious crowd who now pay three times the true value for 'certified organic' foods will soon go the way of the vitamin/food suplement devotees after scientific research proved that most, if not all ,vitamins and their claims are a hoax or, at a minimum, vastly over rated.
    For my part I say bring on the 'menudo' and a cold beer.

  • chad

    Dude… The big hoopla is over meats that everyone eats outside western Europe and English speaking countries. Thick sausages, cured forcemeats (salami, sopresata, etc) are cased in pig intestines. How is a stomach any different? Huge numbers of people LOVE tongue. And the heart is a muscle like any other.

    And the article says the 'yoga mat' ingredient is primarily used to bleach flour. That means…. wait for it…. it is in FLOUR, too. Who cares what the fine is for selling it in Singapore? If you chew gum on the street or spray graffiti on a wall there, you get beaten with a stick in public. Remember the big "Caning" controversy over the American teenager in Singapore in the 90's? They murder anyone caught with drugs in Singapore.

    I'd be more worried about the fat content, high sugar content in the sauce, and the god-awful taste than I would about any of these ingredients.

    • arash

      Chad.. you have a great point!

    • diz health

      I’m suprised he doesnt touch on high fructose corn syrup or anybof the acetates that are irregular to a biological diet. We are far from living like cavemen however there are many chiropractors that will agree that even a simple flu shot is giving you the disease you are in fact tryong to counteract! Exercise and balance is crucial. Eat what you want! Fatty

  • Carlos609

    We haven't eaten at McDeaths or Burger trash in years. We only eat at Wendy's and we hope they are not using the garbage the others use. Also, never depend on any government agency to protect you or your rights. They are bought off or in it for themselves.

    We grow most of what we eat and only buy from certified organic growers.

    Eat healthy…..

  • Jerry jones

    Like many smokers it is just a death wish.

  • bdkennedy1

    Hey, at least the onions are real.

  • Oscar Mayer

    Forget the McRib !
    I'm getting a hot dog for lunch !

  • Kathleen Brown


  • Pete

    The FDA is failing us by allowing this garbage to be sold.

  • Ronald

    I much prefer my offal in its original form but I am impressed how science helps us to to disguise food so that the squeamish can enjoy exotic animal parts too.

  • Michael Van Cleave

    What is interesting to me is, when you don't eat fast food–a great deal if ever—the taste is like chemical sickness. I have bought one McCrap Alien Rib….. and put it in the trash. I eat veggies, fruit, very little meat, and then it's certified sources. It is much better and cheaper to grow your own food sources, as the price goes up everyday at the stores. MVC

  • Annie

    I've never eaten a McRib and it makes it clear why I don't like fast food! Thank you for your article.

  • @McRib_Decon

    See inside! McRib Deconstructed

  • @wonderingcleric

    I heard that it contains di-hydrogen monoxide also. If you haven't heard of this hidden epidemic that the corporate-loving news media is hiding, check this out:

    • SenorCovert

      just the other day we had a freak storm where dihydrogen monoxide was falling from the sky. luckily no one was harmed. why are they hiding this!

  • goldhoarder

    Are you sure the onions are real?

  • Phillisn

    I'll let others focus on the frankenfood aspect. I don't understand the problem with using scrap meat, when everybody (rightfully) bitches about waste. In fact, you've campaigned a great deal for the "green" movement, yourself. You can't get a "greener" model in animal husbandry than wasting none of an animal. This is also the ideal for sharing natural space with animals. People like it. Perfect!

    If McD's wasn't hellbent on genocide, like every other conglomerate on the globe, I'd view this as providing a great service. If you're going to be a hypocrite to elicit emotions with cheap theatrics, what you're really doing is creating further problems while wearing a mask of concern. We know who McDonald's serves. They're almost as clear as whom you serve, אדם הראשון.

    • GothKatt


    • TJGeezer

      Yes. Did anyone ever really doubt the wisdom of "those who love sausage and the law should never see either one made"? My grandpa used to make his own venison sausage and he wasn't shy about using the parts that one wouldn't want to see broiled in their original forms, sitting on their plate. It was really good sausage, too.

  • Starr

    Yes we know it's unhealthy but do you have to use phrases like stuff the sandwich down their throats? What does one do with an organic free range grass fed crazy expensive sandwich? Nibble it delicately? I personally do not care for the McRib. I did like the rib sandwich we used to get for hot lunch at school. No clue what was in that but it's what was fed to the youth of my generation. Please tell us dumb sheep shoving things down our throats what we should be nibbling delicately during this recession with barely any income? Please, enlighten me.

    • Elizabeth

      Most people who eat at McDonalds are heffers or simply ignorant and give no thought to what they injest and these sort of folks typically "shove food down their throats" therefore the discription is fitting. How about eating things of nutritional value rather than going for the fast, cheap, crap just because it tastes "good" and requires no effort on your part. How about going to the market and buying things like spinach, mushrooms, onions, peppers, organic free range eggs, ect….you know whole food ingredients, and making yourself a meal or three. With the 15 bucks you spend a day on three fast food meals you can buy simple, wholesome ingredients and make yourself simple, wholesome meals full of nutrition. Maybe then you wouldnt be so angry…

      • chad

        Free Range Eggs? As a chef and supporter of REAL organic and humane foods, I hope you aren't buying those "Free Range" eggs in the US. According to US regulations, eggs are 'free range' as long as the chickens have access to a small concrete space without a roof for a certain number of hours each week IF it is convenient weather-wise. 'Organic' means almost nothing here, either. If you haven't been to the farm it was grown or raised on, assume 'free range' and 'organic' are only on the package because you will pay more for the same product if those words are on the wrapper.

        • diz health

          I want the chickens social securiry number and immigration documents!

      • paul newzealand

        fantastic reply to one of the sheeple in this world

    • John Spiers

      since this highly processed fod has no natural integrity, chewing is not very necessary. Wholesome food, with no or minimal processing requires chewing, which adds saliva and other importing digestive-aids before the food is swallowed and processed by the stomach and intestines. This is critical to health maintenance. This also make natural foods far less expensive per Kcal, and life less costly since we need less medicine to keep us in balance.

      Yes, you need to nibble, or chew for a less cutesy word, good food. If you are in a recession with barely any income, that is entirely voluntary. Like eating the hot lunch at school. There is unlimited work to be done just helping to get wholesome food grown and distributed.

      But it is easier to gulp down the hot lunch. And the Kool Aid.

  • Wulf

    But hey, the pickles sound good to me.

  • bertie

    interesting – you may allready have covered this
    but if you havent, please think about it again.

  • Sin

    It no longer qualifies as food.

  • A.Welch

    I am not sure why this article shocks anyone. this is fast food and little to know fast food should enter your body.

  • David C. Jones

    I wish I could easily share your articles. Can't see Share button.

    • Anonymous

      oh well I guess the copying of the URL will have to do. There should be a petition on fuck it if there isn’t one I’ll make one

    • rosemary

      I hunted, too….the share link seems to be in the Natural Society .. FB page

    • Zin-Zeta

      Copy and paste the URL.

      • haha

        It's a sad day when people are too lazy to copy and paste. Helpless without a share button.