I emailed McDonald’s in the UK last week to receive clarity on the issue of their French Fries and got the following response [emphasis mine]:
Dear Mr Khan
Thank you for your recent email regarding our menu items and the food we serve at McDonald’s.
In answer to your specific enquiry, I would like to assure you that the French Fries served here in the UK contain no traces of animal flavourings. McDonald’s French Fries are cooked in a new non- hydrogenated blend of sunflower and rapeseed oil, making them 100 percent vegetarian-friendly. You may also be interested to know that our French Fries are fully approved by the Vegetarian Society.
A full listing of ingredients for all our Menu items is available at www.mcdonalds.co.uk. Please refer to the ‘Eat Smart’ section and follow the links for the ‘Ingredients List’ for further information.
Should you require any further clarification on our menu items or on any other aspect of our business then please do not hesitate to revisit our web site or alternatively telephone us on the number below.
Internet Response Team
McDonald’s Customer Services Department
11 – 59 High Road
Tel: 08705 244622
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