McDonald’s boasts of serving seventy-five hamburgers a second; this makes them the highest peddlers of burgers in the world. The popularity of their burgers makes some to wonder, what are their burgers made with? To answer this pertinent question, it is important to know how the burgers are made. The OSI Group McDonalds has a meat processing factory in Günzburg, Germany, which supplies millions of burgers to McDonald’s every day.
Hygiene is of utmost importance when it comes to preparing burgers at the OSI group factory. Employees with stomach bugs are relieves of their duties until the cause of their ailment is established and treated. They must also wear protective clothing when in the factory to prevent loose objects from falling in the meat. Bacteria and unwanted additives are kept at bay at all costs.
Boneless meat is used to make burgers, and for this reason OSI Group McDonalds orders large pieces of meat from slaughterhouses. In addition to being ideal for making burger patties, large pieces of meat are not easily contaminated by bacteria owing to their small surface area. Meat that has passed the initial check is stored in containers of around 500 kilograms, which are then taken to the mincer. The blenders mince the meat until it takes a spaghetti-like look, while there is a machine that separates out small pieces of bone simultaneously.
The minced meat is then shaped into burger patties by another machine. The OSI Group McDonalds factory does not use binding agent to hold the meat in shape, but it instead mixes frozen and fresh meat to help in bringing the meat to the ideal temperature faster. Despite the mindboggling number of five million hamburgers being made every day, the factory does not have a lot of overhead costs in terms of human capital. Only about fifty employees are needed per shift to run the entire operation although McDonald’s and OSI point out that they have extra staff on call in case a rise in demand warrants more workers.
OSI Group McDonalds are realistic and practical in business practices. The machines at the Günzburg factory can be configured to make vegetable burgers, meaning that the factory can easily switch its earning model in the future if the demand for meat decreases.
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