Mc Donalds : is there pork in your fish-fillet bun?

« Produced in a factory that uses sesame,pork » as you can see it is indicated on the label of some of the buns sold in Mc Donald’s, which are used for the fish-fillet!

In January 2011, our post McDonald’s: bacon in your fish-fillet? attracted a few scathing comments from some of our readers, accusing us of being excessive. We were, at that time, pointing out at not only possible but also real contaminations. Here’s what we wrote:

Choosing a fish menu, or eating only fish products at Mc Donalds or Quick isn’t a solution because of all the handling during the preparation of the fish fillet wich could come in contact with others kinds of products. So even though fish is « halal » the fish fillet would end up being unfit for consumption by muslims.

This was quickly confirmed by former McDonald employees. Nothing suprising since it all makes sense. However, it is going to be far more difficult to refute the following elements that are in this case undeniable: some hamburger buns that are sold in McDonald’s restaurants can contain pork, as you can see it is indicated on the label «produced in a factory that uses sesame, pork». Hence the expression «may contain» wich clarifies the facts rather than reveal an uncertainty: the supplier has a legal obligation of mentioning on the label that pork may enter the composition of some of McDonald’s buns and that nothing in the manufacturing process is done to make sure it doesn’t happen. In other words, when East Balt (the supplier), makes the buns, pork can sometimes break into the production chain. As long as it is mentioned on the package label the manufacturer can’t be blamed.

When mentioned on the label, the probability of finding one of the ingredients is high. Hence the precautions that people who are allergic to gluten, peanuts, aspirin, etc. must take. In the case of an allergy, allergen and any material whose use can have serious and sometimes fatal consequences, no one will deny that these labeling conditions are necessary to stop us from eating a product because we know the hazardous ingredient is present. In the case of pork, there are always objections, excuses, false arguments.

Let’s have a look at the elements we have on the McDonald buns packaging.

McDo : du porc dans les pains du Filet-o-fish

If we zoom in:

McDo : du porc dans les pains du Filet-o-fish

Even better!

McDo : du porc dans les pains du Filet-o-fish

Last October, we tried to learn more about it by calling East Balt in Fleury Mérogis, Essonne (France). We started of by asking for information about the fat acid monoglyceride E472 in that particular bread [ East Balt updated it at 12:45 on the 24th of January: the company said that the E472 in the bread was of plant origin] but we didn’t get any answer to our question about possible pork presence. They promised to call us back, we haven’t heard from them since.

But I only took a breef inspection of the company’s website to confirm the presence of pork on the production lines. In the « products » of http://www.eastbalt.eu, here’s what we found:

McDo : du porc dans les pains du Filet-o-fish
Screenshot of Eastbalt.eu

Zooming in, we can see that pig processed as bacon, is actually part of the ingredients handled in the plant.

McDo : du porc dans les pains du Filet-o-fish

Regarding the previous label,they are for all McDonald’s « king size » breads, the cheese sandwiches, Mc bacon. So far no problem when you do not consume halal meat. What is problematic, however, is that it also afects the Royal-o-fish, the burger fish.

McDo : du porc dans les pains du Filet-o-fish
Royal-o-Fish – Jordan Bracco

But also the « Reg » breads (Regular), and thus the famous Fish-fillet, typicaly consumed by Muslims fond of McDonald’s hamburgers.

McDo : du porc dans les pains du Filet-o-fish
Filet o Fish – Roslyn

The lesson we can draw from this, is that we must always check what’s on our plate before eating. The McDonald case is certainly going to provoque a large reaction, because the brand is iconic and the Fish-fillet widely consumed by Muslims. But it’s all our food and consumption habits that we have to reconsider. It doesn’t mean becoming Sherlock Holmes or falling into psychosis when it comes to swallowing something, still we must keep in mind that not verifing food carries the risk of eating a product that may be present. The most concerned ones should read the book «Toxic Food» by William Reymond. You will never look at mass-produced food like you did before…

Finally, dear readers, please consider that this article is by no means sufficient evidence and go as fast as possible in a McDonald’s restaurant and ask to see the packaging of the bread we talked about. Do not trust Al-Kanz, check for yourself.

(Thanks to Claire Short for the translation)



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Vos réactions (16 commentaires)

  1. Mooslym    

    lol

    When I came to the site and reading the article I thought : Euh … Where I am ?

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  2. Abdellah    

    salam alaykoum Al Kanz can you translate this text when you can barrakLlhoufik.

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    • AbdallahJoneJLB    

      Wa ‘alaykum salam,

      Ah, I don’t know If you checked and observed it, but this version is simply the english version of the original article which name(d) « McDo : du porc dans les pains du Filet-o-fish ? » (note : you can click on this link and you’ll see ^_^). You don’t see the transparence, now ?
      Next time, you’ll have to be a little more attentive. Aren’t you ? ;-)
      For my part, as I saw the title (and ONLY the title) of this new version (English) I understood directly that Al-Kanz would want to do fun himself. Doesn’t he ? ;-)

      And I dream that the team of Darifton & Co. do an integral English version of this site but I know that is impossible. :'( ^_^

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      • AbdallahJoneJLB    

        Erratum :
        I would say « Anglo-Saxon » instead of « Anglican ». Because I thought that the 2 terms meant the same thing. Sorry.
        But I understood myself. ^_^

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  3. benny    

    salemalykoum j’ai contacter la société East Balt qui ma répondu sa:

    Bonjour,

    Nous avons bien pris connaissance de votre demande et tenons à répondre à vos interrogations.

    East Balt France tient à réaffirmer qu’elle n’a jamais allégué élaborer des petits pains halal.

    Dans les faits, la très grande majorité de notre production ne contient pas d’ingrédients issus du porc. Même, l’additif alimentaire E472e est d’origine végétale (huile de tournesol).
    Seules quelques références spécifiques et promotionnelles peuvent contenir du porc sous forme de « topping » incluant des lardons.

    C’est donc par esprit de responsabilité et de transparence vis-à-vis des consommateurs de McDonald’s, qu’East Balt France inscrit volontairement la mention « fabriqué dans un atelier qui utilise du porc, du sésame, du lait….» sur les emballages de petits pains destinés aux restaurants de cette enseigne.

    De manière générale, et pour toutes ses références de petits pains, East Balt France procède, entre chaque production, à des opérations de nettoyage de sa chaine. Ces opérations sont réalisées par trois équipes, qui tournent en permanence au cours de la semaine, et par une équipe supplémentaire qui assure le samedi et le dimanche, le nettoyage complet de la ligne, à l’arrêt, comprenant également les zones périphériques.

    Afin donc de prévenir au maximum tout risque accidentel de contaminations croisées, eu égard aux consommateurs souhaitant éviter le porc, les productions de petits pains incluant de minuscules copeaux de lardons, sont toujours suivies d’un nettoyage spécifique de la ligne de production.

    En espérant que notre réponse satisfera vos interrogations légitimes.

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  4. Salym    

    Salam,

    Sans critique négative, on dirait que l’article a été traduit mot à mot par une machine. Par exemple, le tiret entre fish et fillet, – « consumption » se rapporte à l’usage pas à la consommation d’aliments – « ne pas convenir » se dirait dans ce contexte « to be unsuitable » et non « being unfit ». Quasiment toutes les phrases paraissent bizarres à la lecture. Certaines tournures ont l’air d’un mot à mot français->anglais. Je dis ça parce que l’effet que ça pourrait donner aux anglophones serait que l’article n’est pas sérieux ou écrit par un enfant alors qu’il s’agit d’un article on ne peut plus important.

    Bon courage

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  5. rachida    

    salam,

    I’m from Holland, and i asked a employé if i can see it and i didnt saw pork in the discribtion. So i’m etaing it because you say that that is the discribtion but i also read it and there is no pork in.

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  6. Nawal Danish    

    Assalam o alaikum im staying in ksa.. Same is the case with buns in dubai n saudi arabia too??

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  7. Nawal Danish    

    JazakAllah

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  8. Melati Fadla    

    Thank you for this awesome information :)
    i’ll check it later and come to McD restaurant

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  9. Hajj    

    Salam 3alaykoum wr wb,

    Maybe to sensitize more people around the world instead of french people only. Good idea Al Kanz!

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  10. Peace3    

    To be honest, I am glad that this is translated in English. Why? B/c I wouldn’t have been able to read nor share this VALUABLE information otherwise, being that I reside in America. Now I can forward this article to Muslims as well as ppl. who choose not to eat pork for their own reasoning. Instead of arguing or stating something as not important , i.e. about a language as opposed to the message.

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  11. AbdallahJoneJLB    

    Yes, I know and I see it. But I just asked this to tease him. ^_^
    Because I didn’t know (or I didn’t say myself) that Anglican muslims could be visit their site.
    Chukran laka. Barak Allahu Fik. :-)

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  12. Salym    

    .Wa aleikum salam Al-Kanz
    Je ne voulais pas polémiquer sur la traduction, je pense vraiment aux lecteurs. La traduction est surement bonne et compréhensible pour un Français qui aurait appris l’anglais à l’école mais cette traduction ne s’adresse pas à eux. Je prends à coeur ce sujet de la restauration rapide Halal ou non comme étant l’une des pires gangrène de l’humanité, et j’espère que cet article saura convaincre ceux qui sont soucieux de leur religion (à défaut d’être soucieux de leur santé).
    Je n’ai pas beaucoup de temps libre en général mais je t’invite à me contacter par e-mail si tu as besoin de relecture ou de traduction. Je ferai de mon mieux pour t’aider insha Allah, ce site gagne à être connu.
    Bon courage.

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  13. BubbleGum    

    Salam alaykoum !

    At the beginning of the article it is said that : « some hamburger buns that are sold in McDonald’s restaurants CAN CONTAIN pork, as you can see it is indicated on the label «produced in a factory that uses sesame, pork

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  14. Peace3    

    I think that there is no difference. If you are Muslim, then you know that, Allah FORBADE ANY form, type, residue of Pig, pork, swine, or what ever you choose to call it, even touching, surfacing or tracing in your food, which makes it Haraam period.

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