Today’s Translation – McDo’s and McDon’ts

http://www.metronews.fr/info/arome-de-buf-et-autres-les-18-ingredients-invisibles-des-frites-mcdo/moav!mbdFswTQaliMs/

La chaîne de restauration rapide McDonald’s a dévoilé mardi sous la forme d’une vidéo la longue liste d’ingrédients qui se trouvent dans les milliers de milliards de frites servies chaque jour à ses clients. Certains, en la découvrant, renonceront peut-être aux french fries made in US. De son côté, McDonald’s France assure “qu’aucun ajout d’agents de saveur, ni d’arômes artificiels, ni d’additifs d’origine animale, n’intervient dans la préparation” de ses frites.

The McDonald’s fast food chain unveiled on Tuesday, in the form of a video, the long list of ingredients that are found in the trillions of fries served  every day to its customers. Certainly, some finding this, may  give up french fries made in the US. For its part, McDonald’s France assures that “no added flavorings or artificial flavors or additives of animal origin, are involved in the preparation” of their fries.

McDonald’s n’en est pas à sa première du genre et, quelles que soient les conséquences de ce geste, l’entreprise a réussi son coup : faire parler d’elle.

McDonald’s is not the first of its kind and, whatever the consequences of this move, the company has pulled it off: to make us talk of them.

Ainsi, mardi dernier, dans un formidable coup de communication, ou peut-être comme elle aime à le rappeler, par souci de transparence envers ses nombreux clients, la chaîne de restauration rapide a mis en ligne une vidéo dévoilant les 19 ingrédients nécessaires pour faire ses frites. Des milliers de personnes ont déjà regardé les images et écouter les explications révélant les secrets de ce goût unique.

So, last Tuesday, in a large great communication  release, or perhaps as they like to say, for the sake of transparency to its many customers, the fast food chain has posted a video revealing the 19 ingredients needed to make its fries. Thousands of people have already looked at the pictures and listen to the explanations revealing the secrets of this unique taste.

Les végétariens font la tronche Vegetarians make the face

Ainsi, en plus des ingrédients de base (pomme de terre, sel) et de ceux qui n’ont rien de surprenant (huile de colza, huile de soja ; huile de blé), les clients apprendront que leurs pommes de terre adorées contiennent notamment :

Thus, in addition to the basic ingredients (potato, salt) and of those others that have are not surprising (rapeseed oil, soybean oil, corn oil), customers learned that their beloved potato notably contains :

– du dimethylpolysiloxane, “huile de silicone servant d’agent d’enrobage. Sans risques connus en tant qu’additifs alimentaires. Toxique si de grandes quantités sont ingérées” selon Santé Magazine.

– the dimethylpolysiloxane, “silicone oil used as a coating agent. Without known risks as a food additives. Toxic if large amounts are ingested.” according to Health Magazine

– du pyrophosphate de sodium : “cristallin incolore transparent peu toxique et irritant” selon Wikipédia.

-sodium pyrophosphate: “transparent colorless crystalline a little toxic and irritant “according to Wikipedia.

– des antioxydants…

– antioxidants …

Pour les végétariens, la mauvaise nouvelle vient de tomber : les frites contiennent également de l’arôme naturel de bœuf. Certes il ne s’agit que d’arôme, mais les veggies, c’est sûr, n’apprécieront pas.

For vegetarians, the bad news has dropped: the fries also contain natural beef flavor. Certainly there is only flavor, but for the veggies, it is certain, they will surely not appreciate.

McDonald’s France a toutefois tenu à apporter des éléments complémentaires quant à cette affaire. Le groupe assure que les frites vendues dans l’Hexagone “sont fabriquées en France et à partir de pommes de terre 100% d’origine française”. “Nous tenons à rappeler qu’aucun ajout d’agents de saveur, ni d’arômes artificiels, ni d’additifs d’origine animale, n’intervient dans la préparation de nos frites. Par ailleurs, l’huile de cuisson que nous utilisons dans nos restaurants est une huile végétale, composée de colza et de tournesol”, a encore ajouté la chaîne de restauration rapide.

McDonald’s France, however, was required to provide additional evidence about the matter. The group ensures that fries sold in France “are made in France and from potatoes 100% of French origin.” “We want to remind that nothing is added from flavorings or artificial tastes neither additives of animal origin, are never involved in the preparation of our fries. Also, the cooking oil that we use in our restaurants is a vegetable oil, consisting of rapeseed and sunflower,” again added the fast food chain.

Explains this:

Although it seems wrong that the McDonald’s fries do not get moldy, remember that most fries don’t. McDonald’s processes their fries so that they do not contain the water needed for microbes to flourish. They then add preservative chemicals (above article). Frying also coats the fries with an oil barrier, in both cases. A baked steak fry has a lot of water, and isn’t sealed by boiling oil. Is any french fry healthy? Is it wrong to add chemicals? Discuss (but only in French).

But also consider this….

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