Jennifer Lovdahl, 33, of Anchorage, Alaska, claims she bought a McDonald’s Happy Meal in 2010 and kept it around, untouched. She says the meal never rotted.
On Feb. 3, more than six years since Lovdahl first purchased meal of fries and chicken nuggets, she posted a picture on Facebook of what she says is the McDonald’s meal, which did not expire the way organic, digestible food does. There was no trace of mold -- the food was seemingly years old without a sign of aging.
Lovdahl’s post reads:
"It's been 6 years since I bought this ‘Happy Meal’ at McDonald's. It's been sitting at our office this whole time and has not rotted, molded, or decomposed at all!!! It smells only of cardboard. We did this experiment to show our patients how unhealthy this ‘food’ is. Especially for our growing children!! There are so many chemicals in this food! Choose real food! Apples, bananas, carrots, celery....those are real fast food."
Lovdahl’s included her receipt to in the post to prove that she had purchased the nuggets and fries six years earlier.
This is not the first time someone has claimed McDonald’s food does not rot naturally. Hjortur Smarason of Iceland bought a meal of burger and fries from the fast food chain in 2009, on the last day the chain was open in the country and then watched it remain unspoiled for years, Daily Mail reports.
Smarason’s preserved meal even spent a three-year stint at the National Museum of Iceland.
When the plate was returned to Smarason, he said some of the fries had been eaten by museum visitors.
McDonald’s has addressed this phenomenon on its official website’s Frequently Asked Questions Section:
Q: Why doesn’t your food rot?
A: Actually, it can. Food needs moisture in the air for mold to form. Without it, food will simply dry out -- sort of like bread left out on a counter overnight to make croutons for stuffing.
You might have seen experiments which seem to show no decomposition in our food. Most likely, this is because the food has dehydrated before any visible deterioration could occur.