What Happens When You Leave a Chicken McNuggets Happy Meal out for 6 Years

February 9, 2016   |   Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish
February 9, 2016

(ANTIMEDIA) Anchorage, AK — An alarming photograph of a McDonald’s chicken McNuggets Happy Meal left to sit unrefrigerated and untouched for six years recently went viral on social media.

“It’s been 6 years since I bought this ‘Happy Meal’ at McDonald’s,” Jennifer Lovdahl posted on Facebook. “It’s been sitting in our office this whole time and has not rotted, molded, or decomposed at all!!! It smells only of cardboard.”

Lovdahl’s two photos show the meal’s original box with the receipt attached — which, with its grease marks, appears to be in worse shape than the meal’s four-piece chicken nuggets and fries shown in the second photo.

“We did this experiment to show our patients how unhealthy this ‘food’ is. Especially for our growing children!!” she explained in the post. “There are so many chemicals in this food! Choose real food! Apples, bananas, carrots, celery….. those are the real fast food.”

Lovdahl, who owns and operates Balanced Care Chiropractic, hoped her post would open people’s eyes; and though it has been shared hundreds of thousands of times, it’s questionable whether people will be deterred by what her experiment proves — especially considering how the dirt-cheap prices of such ‘food’ often drive its sales.

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…

Posted by Jennifer Lovdahl on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

In the meantime, however, McDonald’s Japanese operations reported a net loss of ¥34.704 billion — approximately $303 million — after a number of food safety control scandals, as NPR reported.

In fact, the same sort of chicken nuggets featured in Lovdahl’s photos had been the subject of video footage from a Chinese supplier in 2014. Footage showed workers mishandling nuggets and using out-of-date meat. Then, in 2015 — after switching from the Chinese supplier to one in Thailand — foreign objects were reportedly discovered inside McDonald’s chicken nuggets in Japan on more than one occasion.

McDonald’s sales dropped around 15 percent between 2014 and 2015 for its Japanese sector, which as of 2015 was its “largest international affiliate.”

These everlasting McNuggets represent the latest fiasco in a long line of PR disasters for the fast food giant, which have included viral stories of inhumanely farmed chickens, breakfast burritos with over 100 ingredients, fries with 19 ingredients, a newly launched “healthy” kale salad that has more calories than a Double Big Mac, and most recently, a lawsuit claiming McDonald’s new mozzarella sticks aren’t made with real mozzarella.


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Author: Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in May of 2015. Her topics of interest include thwarting war propaganda through education, the refugee crisis & related issues, 1st Amendment concerns, ending police brutality, and general government & corporate accountability. Born in North Carolina, she now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  1. I hate McDonalds as much as the next person. But this situation has been explained already. A doctors office did the same exact thing. It's called dehydrated food. Situation over. Don't ask me to explain it further. Go to this cool website called Google, and ask it your question.

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  2. Meat does not simply deydrate. It rots, putrifies, decays. It breaks down and decomposes. This "food" is full of so many chemicals that even bacertia wont touch it, which is why it does not decompose.

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  3. I did this myself with some fries, from a new zealand mcdonalds. They were mouldy within a week.

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  4. mcdonalds is actually really healthy i live off it and am as fit as a fiddle

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  7. Will Hall no. lol I left them on my shelf to go mouldy. afterwards I threw the away

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  8. I place chicken nuggets down my pants and shake em around. Nothing wrong with em.. then I place chocolate sauce on my belly and rub.. it gives me sexual powers and I recommend this to anyone feeling frisky wanting sexual sensual stimulation. ..

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  11. Cody Breault There are many forms of dehydration. In McDonalds case, as they have explained, all moisture is removed/evaporated through cooking.

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  12. "…has not rotted, molded, or decomposed at all!!! "
    Give ya 10 bucks to eat it…
    in front of me…
    on the other side of the room.

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