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Woman Saved Mcdonald's Cheeseburger For 17 Years To See What Would Happen

Jessica Lynch

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Woman Saved Mcdonald's Cheeseburger For 17 Years To See What Would Happen

There's nothing better than doing a Maccas run on a Sunday to quell a nasty hangover, but this next story just might ruin your favourite fast food for good.

In an admittedly intriguing and disgusting experiment, a woman has gone viral on TikTok after she showcased a McDonald's cheeseburger and fries that she bought in 2004, opening the ancient meal to see what it looked like after 17 years to see how 'real it is'.

Saying she bought the meal in April 2004, the TikTok user's mother is seen holding up in infamous paper bag, as her kids exclaim: "Oh that smells bad!"

Credit: TikTok
Credit: TikTok
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Taking out the fries first, they're shocked to see they pretty much look the same - only hardened.

She then takes out the cheeseburger and examines the meat, noting that there's no mould on the nearly 20-year-old burger.

The cheese, however, looks like it's seen better days, with the mum's children describing it as looking like 'peanut butter' now.

The gross experiment has captured the fascination of thousands, with many leaving comments to express their confusion and disgust.

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Credit: TikTok
Credit: TikTok

One person said: "It looks exactly alike."

Another wrote: "We can't be eating that!"

A third noted: "That food is as old as me."

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Several others vowed to never eat at the fast food chain again.

As to why the product doesn't seem to age, the answer can be found on McDonald's Corporate website in the US, which contains a statement about why their food doesn't always decompose.

It reads: "In the right environment, our burgers, like most other foods, could decompose.

"But, in order to decompose, you need certain conditions - specifically moisture. Without sufficient moisture - either in the food itself or the environment - bacteria and mould may not grow and therefore, decomposition is unlikely.

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"So if food is or becomes dry enough, it is unlikely to grow mould or bacteria or decompose.

"Food prepared at home that is left to dehydrate could see similar results. Look closely, the burgers you are seeing are likely dried out and dehydrated, and by no means "the same as the day they were purchased.

"The reality is that our burgers are made only with 100% USDA inspected beef.

"There are no preservatives or fillers in our patties and the only thing ever added is a touch of salt and pepper on the grill."

Featured Image Credit: TikTok

Topics: Food

Jessica Lynch
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