OSI Group has a meat processing factory in the village of Gunzburg, Germany, which is the largest supplier of McDonald’s burgers. The factory maintains strict adherence to hygiene and ensures that all their employees and visitors have protective clothing and thoroughly washed their hands before entering. Employees are also not allowed to have any pieces of jewelry while working and those who had a stomach bug are required first to get checked by the doctor before they are allowed to resume work. This helps to keep the meat away from any bacteria and virus. OSI Group McDonalds
When brought into the factory from the slaughterhouses, the meat is first checked for bones, then it is minced, and any pieces of bones that might be left behind are eliminated. The meat is then shaped into various burger patties and later frozen. OSI Group McDonalds. After the burgers have been frozen, they are packed into blue bags first and then put into boxes. Afterward, they go through a metal detector to ensure that nothing is inside the hamburgers that shouldn’t be. The factory does not allow any plastic objects into the company, and if a staff member needs a pen or clipboard, it must be metallic so that it can be easily detected if it ends up into the meat by accident. However, it is usually almost impossible to find anything in the fresh quality meat because of the thorough quality checks at OSI Group. OSI Group McDonalds
The boxes contain information on where the burger was made, where the meat came from and where the burgers are going, so it is easy for McDonald’s to know precisely which slaughterhouse and farm the beef came from in the event there is something wrong with the meat. OSI Group McDonalds. Once the burgers are packed, they are piled by another machine and bound in plastic. The machine later picks up the boxes and moves them to the food distribution center. The distribution center is just next door to the Gunzburg factory. The burgers are then taken from the distribution center at OSI Group to McDonald’s restaurants. The burgers are kept at -18 degrees Celsius during the transit until they are unpacked at the McDonalds restaurant.