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21 February 2001 Issue
McDonald's Fries

from - Elizabeth G. Morin - egmorin@learnlink.emory.edu 

Perhaps this isn't news to you, but I for one did not know anything about this and am completely devastated about the loss of McDonald's fries from my diet. But I thought those of you who are vegetarians should know and we should all work together to get McD's to stop using animal flavoring in its fries.

Here is an excerpt from an article posted at http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/2001/01/schlosser2.htm 

The McDonald's Corporation most likely drew on these advances when it eliminated beef tallow from its french fries. The company will not reveal the exact origin of the natural flavor added to its fries. In response to inquiries from Vegetarian Journal, however, McDonald's did acknowledge that its fries
derive some of their characteristic flavor from "an animal source." Beef is the probable source, although other meats cannot be ruled out. In France, for example, fries are sometimes cooked in duck fat or horse tallow.

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