March 09, 2004


Having already caved to the anti-bacon lobby, McDonald’s now yields to beef-opposers. As Colby Cosh writes: “There hasn't been a slow-motion corporate disaster like this since New Coke.”

Posted by Tim Blair at March 9, 2004 12:40 AM

Wonder if they were spooked by the lawsuits? Could be in-house lawyers telling them how to avoid lawsuits that has prompted the changes. Too bad.

(I used to love McD's fries. Haven't liked them much since they changed.)

Posted by: Chris Josephson at March 9, 2004 at 07:49 AM

Just another case of the "silent majority" having to bend to the wishes of the "annoying minority".

Posted by: rinardman at March 9, 2004 at 08:37 AM

Mickey D couldn't satisfy the health Nazis if they offered nothing but organic yoghurt and bean sprouts. It's not the food; it's the corporation.

Posted by: Theodopoulos Pherecydes at March 9, 2004 at 09:13 AM

correct me if i am wrong - but wasnt it KFC that removed the bacon?

Posted by: Paul Dub at March 9, 2004 at 10:25 AM

It was KFC! Tim lied, french fries fried!

Posted by: PNN at March 9, 2004 at 10:26 AM

They don't put enough on as it is. I always ask for a sachet of salt to go with my fries. It's unbelievably stupid, as the Food Nazis will not be placated. The only solution is to fight them tooth and nail, smear them, intimidate them, sue them, get laws passed to stop their frivolous bullshit, whatever it takes. Plus there's no correlation between sodium intake and hypertension - it's classic junk science.

I'm now going to cook myself a couple of yummy burgers, and I will be putting a good dollop of salt on them. Plus cheese and full fat ranch dressing.

Posted by: David Gillies at March 9, 2004 at 11:35 AM

Why aren't they after Burger King's fries? The damn things could kill a slug on contact. Even I can't eat them.

Posted by: Sortelli at March 9, 2004 at 12:40 PM

"Why aren't they after Burger King's fries? The damn things could kill a slug on contact. Even I can't eat them."

That's exactly why I eat' won't find any slugs in MY gastro-intestinal tract!!

Posted by: rinardman at March 9, 2004 at 12:49 PM

Wow, where can I get Burger King fries like that. In my part of the world (Disney World and its environs), the fries at Burger King are dipped into some weird batter that tastes like melted 8-millimter film and then fried in Vaseline, or some other petroleum product. I prefer the fries at McDonald's (if no other fast-food joint is available) merely because they taste like there may have at least been a real potato in the same room when they were prepared.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at March 9, 2004 at 01:40 PM

Do you mates mean Hungry Jack's? Remember this as an Aussie site. We've got a real Queen. We don't need a Burger King or any of those guys getting married in San Francisco.

Posted by: Mr. Davis at March 9, 2004 at 02:36 PM

I lerve the way they "proved" how bad Maccas are - a guy ate nothing else but "junk food" for a month! I think the people who should really be worried are the farmers - the Greens have not yet killed our great agricultural industry by phoney environmental issues alone, so they're getting at them this way (or should that be "whey"???)

Let's face it, under the banner of "sustainability" they've already just about destroyed Western Australia's most sustainable industry - TIMBER! So if there are no facts to support their latest stupid stunt, they'll manufacture them - it's the only form of manufacturing they are in favour of!


Posted by: Helen Dyer at March 9, 2004 at 02:56 PM

If corporations won't stand by the products they sell they go under. You can blame vegetarian and animal rights lobby groups till the cows come home, but it's McDonalds's choice to self-destruct.

Posted by: Peter Ness at March 9, 2004 at 02:59 PM

Update: the burgers were indeed yummy, and salty, and loaded with other good things like grease and Colman's mustard and onions and dill pickles and dairy products. So fuck you, Food Nazis! You can have my burger when you pry it from the cold, dead hands of the minion of yours I shot in the back of the neck for messing with my food (I don't like minion brains on my burger, unless they're devilled, with plenty of cayenne).

Posted by: David Gillies at March 9, 2004 at 03:01 PM

Whoa! Got my junk food mixed up. I blame America.

Posted by: tim at March 9, 2004 at 05:16 PM

All your fast food memes are belong to us, Tim.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at March 9, 2004 at 08:10 PM


Posted by: Big Chris at March 9, 2004 at 08:13 PM

everthangs wrong an the same tahm ahts right

Posted by: Big Chris at March 9, 2004 at 08:16 PM

you want lots of salt on your chips? Just go to your local fish and chips shop and when the Italian lady or Chinese guy holds the shaker over the pile of chips just say "yes please...and more". Our local normally needs to be pyhsically restrained from burying the chip in salt

Posted by: Mike R. at March 10, 2004 at 04:12 AM