GOOD/BAD McDonald\'s experience

Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2000 - 2:51am
stimpsjd's picture
Joined: 03/27/2000 - 09:00

I am PA, and have always eaten at McDonald's without a problem, until earlier this month.

Bad Incident:
I had stopped with my wife at a local store and saw a scattering of peanuts sitting up on the ice cream machine. I asked the manager about it and he haphazardly wiped them off...with his hand! This ticked me off...we don't visit this McD's that often anyway and there are closer ones, it just was on the way home.

Bad Incident 2:
Two days later (my wife really likes McD's, she grew up about 55 miles away from one so they are still a treat for her) we were at a McDonalds and as I was standing waiting for my food to get delivered, someone ordered a sundae. Directly over the ice container the employee sprinkled the peanuts onto the sundae. I pointed this out to the employee and she said she would take care of it. I was unfortuanelty in a hurry so I could not follow up.

I did call the McDonald's corporate line and they were very understanding of the situations that I had experienced. I told them that they need to get McFlurry containers for the sundae peanuts so cross-contamination would be less of a threat.

Three days later the owner of store #2 called me at home. He owns quite a few McD's in the area (not store #1). He said his wife is a doctor so he understands the concern and makes an effort to inform ALL of his employees of the risk. He said that it is unfortuanate that the peanut dispensor is standard in every McD's in the US. He said he would be contacting the regional manager and move up from there until another solution is found. Either prepackaged PNuts or a better dispenser.

Atleast there is some level of awareness. I have never had an adverse reaction at McD's and I use it as a standard restaurant when I am travelling because I sort of know what I am going to get.

Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2000 - 5:38am
Gennie's picture
Joined: 12/21/2000 - 09:00

Thanks for the heads up. I agree that it was a safe restaurant until they started flavoring the ice cream. I give my kids Heath Bar shakes or malted milk ball shakes. Peanuts are so not necessary! Of course I make them at home. Gennie

Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2000 - 8:27pm
Jodi's picture
Joined: 10/28/2000 - 09:00

Thanks for sharing your McD's experience. As a mom of a PA child, McDonalds has been one place that I have felt comfortable taking him to. I hope that never changes as I don't know how I would every get my 2 year old to understand why he can't have McDonald fries!!!

Posted on: Sat, 12/30/2000 - 1:27am
Claire's picture
Joined: 04/19/2000 - 09:00

Hi, I have always taken Christopher to McD's. This has always been a comfort to him. I don't like to take them out to eat to often because of the allergy,but also I like to teach them that it is a treat for being good when we do go. Sounds silly,but I am not a good dicipline person so I guess I bribe them that when they are acting up if they do behave we will go out for fries. christopher will get a big mac and of course no matter where we go we never get dessert until we go home and have it. The kids don't mind this rule,but I guess this is my question? Do you think that as long as we are only getting the burgers and not dessert that we should have no trouble? I just get so excited knowing that he is excited about going out for a big mac once in a while that I would like to continue,but if any of you people have an opinion please I never get angry about them. Let me remind you I have never seen any signs of trouble in the ones we go to. Take care claire

Posted on: Sat, 12/30/2000 - 1:12pm
BATTY's picture
Joined: 12/04/2000 - 09:00

Have you read the Heath Bar ingredients lately? They are manufactured in a peanut factory.

Posted on: Sun, 12/31/2000 - 10:31am
daveysmom's picture
Joined: 12/31/2000 - 09:00

why cant your son have mcdonalds fries? are they cooked in peanut oil?

Posted on: Tue, 01/02/2001 - 6:14am
Gennie's picture
Joined: 12/21/2000 - 09:00

Thanks for the heads up on Heath Bars. It has been a while. As for the fries I am sure they are fine. It is just that we believe in not going to restaurants that serve peanuts in any form. We know what we are doing at say a McDonalds ( but do others know what to look for? ) but mostly we avoid as as an example for others that might be watching our kids for the day. If we set the no go to peanut restaurants then the caretakers - babysitters, relatives & friends follow our lead. One thing we have out our house a lot is Orange Julius's. My PA son craves citrus and they are delicious anyway! thank Goodness my family doesn't crave chocolate so much. But maybe i could learn to make homemade Heath Bars for fun. Anyone have a recipe for Toffee? Thnaks for all of your support in this entire thread!Gennie

Posted on: Tue, 01/02/2001 - 8:38am
rilira's picture
Joined: 11/11/1999 - 09:00

Toffee (minus the nuts of course)
before starting break up three and one half 1.55 size hershey bars into little squares
use butter wrappers to grease cookie sheet
take an electric skillet set at 390 degrees.
add 1 lb. real butter or real margarine (no spreads,salt free or anything)to skillet
add 1 cup white sugar
add 1 cup brown sugar
mix together and stir until it boils
once it boils stir constantly for 9 minutes.
It will get thick and bubbly
pour thick mixture onto cookie sheet and spread to the edges with knife (go quickly because it hardens fast)
put broken up peices of chocolate all over the top of thick mixture, immediately start spreading with a knife- it will be melty.
Spread chocolate to the edges and then place in refrig. to harden.
I break it up with the point of a sharp knife.
Hope you like it.

Posted on: Wed, 01/03/2001 - 12:29pm
Gennie's picture
Joined: 12/21/2000 - 09:00

How sweet of you! Thanks Gennie

Posted on: Thu, 01/25/2001 - 11:26pm
sheramy's picture
Joined: 01/26/2001 - 09:00

I don't take my PA daughter to McDs because I was told there is peanut oil in the vegetable oil. Before she was tested for her allergies, we used to go to McDs. She would be itchy later, and I attributed it to excema. When I found out later there was peanut oil in the veg. oil, we stopped going. Now we go to Wendy's instead.

Posted on: Fri, 01/26/2001 - 1:45am
shale3's picture
Joined: 12/18/2000 - 09:00

we stopped going to mcdonalds long before we know about the pa - they are so slow and never get anything right!! Plus, have you heard about the increase in diabities?? who needs it!this being said, i still dream about their fries and chicken sandwich witha choc shake. oh well

Posted on: Fri, 01/26/2001 - 3:16am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

When did you find out about McD fries containing peanut oil? We live in MD and were fold they are safest by out allergist- I do hope they haven't changed ingredients. Pease reply to source of information. Thanks,
Jan BP

Posted on: Fri, 01/26/2001 - 6:34am
ajas_folks's picture
Joined: 04/28/2000 - 09:00

For anyone who may not have already done so -- I highly suggest you read some of the other McDonald's related threads under this topic -- particularly the one entitled "McDonald's and cross contamination on milk cartons & straws exp'd today allergy" by Mary. (It's last posting activity was in November.) Other good postings in the past 2 years about McDonald's in other fast food restaurant discussions. Please take time to read the concerns so many have voiced about McDonald's.

Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2001 - 12:33pm
DMB's picture
Joined: 02/22/2001 - 09:00

We've never had a problem with their food--we always get it to go and eat at home. I did let my boys play in the play area once only because they had just remodeled the whole area. We were there for about 5 minutes and my pa son came down one of the tunnels with hives on his neck. He's sensitive to touch so I'm assuming there was some type of peanut residue on the equipment. That's the last time we've played there. Luckily, he understands why.

Posted on: Thu, 02/01/2001 - 4:04pm
parents of P's picture
Joined: 02/02/2001 - 09:00

According to McDonald's nutriional guide, the oil that they fry their food in is 100% vegetable oil (which I have found on vegetable labels in the grocery stores to say soybean oil). We have also made a habit of asking every McDonalds that we visit for the first time what kind of oil they cook their food in, just to be on the safe side. Note: WE HAVE BEEN TO SEVERAL WENDYS THAT USE A COMBINATION OF CORN AND OR PEANUT OILS IN THEIR FRYING. We too, find it quite worrisome when eating out. One favorite, restaurant we have found is The Old Country Buffet. We have enjoyed eating their in fairly good confidence with P. The management is also more than willing to prepare "butter free" dishes (pasta,etc.) for our son who has many food allergies, another of those being milk.)

Posted on: Thu, 02/01/2001 - 11:48pm
Joanne's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

Here are some links to McDonalds ingredients. You will need to have downloaded Adobe Acrobat reader to read these.
[This message has been edited by Joanne (edited February 02, 2001).]

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2001 - 9:26am
daveysmom's picture
Joined: 12/31/2000 - 09:00

Hi everyone, My son was diagnosed with his PA about 6 months ago. We had a very bad expierence, he went in an abulance to the hospital. It was just so horrible, but the reason I'm writing is because, it recently went to McDonalds-thru the drive thru, but I asked for the manager and told her that if my son can in contact with any peanuts he could die, she assured me that the peanuts were not near any of the foods that we had ordered but she did mention that the peanuts are lose near the ice cream machine, she also stated that (this is why I'm writing) mcDonalds is now going to put the peanuts in separate bags so they will not be out lose anymore, which is good news!

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2001 - 2:06pm
redtruck's picture
Joined: 01/23/2000 - 09:00

well its about time mcdonalds goes with peanuts in a separate bag for their sundaes, and finally follows the good work they have done up here in Canada!
Now, whats with peanut oil at wendy's, i thought i read elsewhere that they were safe along with burger king?

Posted on: Fri, 02/16/2001 - 3:01pm
gw_mom3's picture
Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by daveysmom:
[b]...she also stated that (this is why I'm writing) mcDonalds is now going to put the peanuts in separate bags so they will not be out lose anymore, which is good news! [/b]
Does this also apply to the mcflurry toppings that contain peanut? Our mcd's always have the toppings all over the place, so we quit going there. Also, the employees there don't know a thing about food allergy-they claim it was never mentioned in any of their training.

Posted on: Sat, 02/17/2001 - 6:26am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

We love fast food, but no longer go to any fast food restaurants. My son is not only allergic to peanuts, but to soybeans also. All fast food establishments that I have inquired at say they cook in vegetable oil which is usually soybean. [img][/img]. At one Jack-in-the-Box I asked the Manager and she said that they cook in Vegetable oil. I asked her if it was soybean vegetable oil or corn vegetable oil. And she said in a very condescending manner..."It's VE-GE-TA-BLE oil mam!" My husband lost his cool and told her that he couldn't believe she was that stupid!

Posted on: Sat, 02/17/2001 - 6:42am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Redtruck, does the peanut oil at Wendy's only pertain to Canada? As far as I know here in the States, it is not peanut oil.
Do you have any further info on this?
Thanks! (Sorry to get off topic from McD's)
P.S. I just went on [url=""][/url] and it has a detailed summary of ingredients. (United States...I don't know if it pertains to Canada).
Stay Safe.
[This message has been edited by Connie (edited February 17, 2001).]

Posted on: Sat, 02/17/2001 - 7:51am
redtruck's picture
Joined: 01/23/2000 - 09:00

Hi Connie,
My mention of Wendy's was a direct referral to parents of p's comment in this thread about peanut oil at wendy's.
I too understood they were safe, until i read this above...
Parents of p...please give us more info in regards to this!

Posted on: Sat, 02/17/2001 - 9:00am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Hi Redtruck,
I didn't even see that particular post! I have a bad habit of scrolling too quickly and missing pertinent information. Thanks for responding! [img][/img]
Stay Safe.

Posted on: Sat, 03/24/2001 - 5:40am
dakota3030's picture
Joined: 09/10/2000 - 09:00

Hey Guys,
Just wanted to give you an FYI for anyone with a sesame seed allergy. I was reading the ingredients in all of the McDonald's products and the chicken Mcnuggets are made with sesame seed oil! Just wanted to give you all a heads up!

Posted on: Sat, 03/24/2001 - 10:09am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Hi Dakota,
My son used to eat those McNuggets all the time, until after he became allergic to sesame. Then he started getting hives from them. So much for the theory that sesame oil, like peanut oil, is safe as long as it isn't cold pressed. I find it hard to imagine that McDonald's uses expensive cold pressed oil!

Posted on: Sat, 03/24/2001 - 12:48pm
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

I've always found it strange that my son, who is allergic to sesame and has reacted to it in other foods, eats the McNuggets without reacting. I assumed it's b/c it's oil, not the actual seeds, but who knows, maybe there's just not enough of it in a serving to cause him to react. This is completely off the topic of McD's, but on the subject of sesame oil, it is frequently found in many different brands of veggie burgers. Some of those veggie burgers have a million ingredients and it takes forever to read the ingredient lists, so watch out.

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2001 - 4:51am
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Joined: 03/27/2001 - 09:00

I just had a bad experience at the Zoo Atlanta McDonalds. I am not from the area so when I asked for a vanilla shake for my son I assumed it would be made as they are in Boston. However, I glanced over to the corner and saw a woman at the McFlurry machine. I asked the person at the counter if the shakes were made on the same machines as the McFlurrys and she said "no." I then assumed that my shakes were somewhere else. But sure enough that woman at the McFlurry machine brought over my shake. When I asked her about it she said "Oh, its no problem we wash the machine between each shake." Well, I had seen her wash it, by taking a cup filled with water and putting it under the mixer for a moment. Unfortunately it was not a fresh cup of water. She used the same water a few times. I asked if they had any peanuts or peanut candy for the McFlurry and she said no. However, I could not see the bins to see what was in them. I was on vacation visiting my sister in a huge McDonald's that was overfilled at the time. I was so mad I walked out and dumped both my son's shake and mine. I should have pursued it more but didn't feel like ruining what was a fun day for my son. Your note got me thinking though. I may write to McDonald's today.

Posted on: Sun, 01/21/2007 - 1:17am
tidina's picture
Joined: 01/26/2005 - 09:00

once i found a sesame seed on a chicken nugget and last week i found a sesame seed on my plain kids meal burger. thank goodness i bought two so my son could have his. i check both sides of buns as much as i can. once they gave me a sesame seed bun which i didnt know about till we got home. now i check in car. my son is sesame allegic as well as nuts

Posted on: Sun, 01/21/2007 - 7:22am
S and Js mom's picture
Joined: 02/21/2006 - 09:00

McDonalds is the only restaurant that we can eat at. My DD had mfa and she is able to eat only their fries because they are not cooked in soy oil in Canada. All of the other fast food restaurants here seem to use soybean oil. I am also glad that the peanut are in individual packages so people can take them with them. If we had to stop eating at McDonalds my kids would be heart broken since it is the only treat they get.

Posted on: Sun, 01/21/2007 - 11:45am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

I was wondering if others ate here as well, we always have, until recently. We deal with multiple food allergies, milk being one of them adn I just discovered their chix nuggets have milk in them, and 2 of my kids is also allergic to there's nothign they can eat now other then fries. The peanut allergic kid can still eat there, he has been since age 1 with no problems(he's age 6 now). I do like that their walnuts(for the yogurt thing) come in a sealed package....and their sundae nuts, but I am not sure about the Mc Flurries, those are open right?? We don't order those. Anyways....we've been visiting Burger King more lately because my one son(who can't have milk or beef) can order their chix fries(no milk).....thanks

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