A Twitter user named Nick, who claims to be a former employee of a McDonald’s outlet in the US, posted photos on his account showing green, greasy and disgusting gunk inside an ice cream machine at the restaurant he once worked at.
Soon after, his tweet went viral and across the globe, and people are starting to wonder about the food handling process and safety at McDonald’s, including inspectors from Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration (SHFDA).
Four McDonald’s outlets in the city were inspected by SHFDA on July 27, days after Nick’s tweet was posted. After checking licenses, food materials, operation procedures and disinfection records, the results showed no irregularities.
However, when SHFDA asked to check the inside of ice cream machines, staff refused to open them.
Reporters of the Paper received photos of these machines from McDonald’s and assured that they are safe and clean.
Images sent from McDonald's China
McDonalds China later issued a statement, reassuring that food safety is of great importance to them. Customers shouldn’t have any concern about their products.
We went around McDonald’s across city and found that most restaurants are still crowded as usual.
[Images via Tecent News and The Paper]