Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Are McDonald's Hash Browns Vegan?

For Americans, McDonald's hash browns are not vegan, as they include beef flavoring (Link). For Canadians and Britons, beef flavoring is not included, and I can't find any other animal products in their ingredient list (Canadian Link) (British Link).

Hopefully, McDonald's in America will catch up with the rest of the world and remove the beef flavoring from their hash browns!

McDonald's American Hashbrown Ingredients: 

Ingredients: Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [Wheat and Milk Derivatives]*, Citric Acid [Preservative]), Salt, Corn Flour, Dehydrated Potato, Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (Maintain Color), Extractives of Black Pepper. Prepared in vegetable oil: Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness. Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.

McDonald's Canadian Hashbrown Ingredients:

canola oil
hydrogenated soybean oil
safflower oil
natural flavor (vegetable source)
dehydrated potato
vegetable monoglycerides
corn flour
(Dextrose is a corn-based sugar that is about two-thirds as sweet as table sugar. Our French fry supplier, McCain Foods, uses a diluted dextrose solution on our fries to replace the natural sugars lost during the steam-blanching process and to create a uniform golden colour when they are cooked. The solution is 99.5% water and 0.5% dextrose. The actual amount of dextrose in the cooked fries is even less at 0.15%.)
sodium acid pyrophosphate
(Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, or SAPP as it’s often called, is used by our French fry supplier, McCain Foods, to help prevent our potatoes from turning grey – a natural process that occurs when a potato is cut. You may have noticed similar colour changes at home when potatoes or apples are cut and exposed to air.)
extractives of black pepper
citric acid
(Dimethylpolysiloxane is added to our vegetable oil in very small amounts for safety reasons. Its purpose is to prevent the oil from foaming and boiling over during cooking, which would be a serious safety risk to our crew. This ingredient can also be found in jams and jellies, soft drinks and sauces.)
cooked in vegetable oil
canola oil
corn oil
soybean oil
hydrogenated soybean oil
citric acid


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