Woman shares photo of 6-year-old McDonald’s Happy Meal

Published: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 @ 11:19 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 @ 11:19 AM

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A mother saved a McDonald’s Happy Meal for six years and recently shared images of the non-decomposed chicken McNuggets and fries.

Jennifer Lovdahl of Anchorage, Alaska, purchased the Happy Meal Jan. 8, 2010, according to a receipt still attached to the box.

“It's been sitting at our office this whole time and has not rotted, molded, or decomposed at all,” Lovdahl, who works at a chiropractor's office, wrote in a Facebook post Feb. 3. “It smells only of cardboard. We did this experiment to show our patients how unhealthy this ‘food’ is.”

6 year old fries and chicken nuggets! This is disgusting.

Posted by Jennifer Lovdahl on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

However, documenting non-rotting McDonald’s menu items isn’t unique. In fact, the restaurant chain addresses the issue in the “Why doesn’t your food rot?” section of the frequently asked questions.

“Actually, it can. Food needs moisture in the air for mold to form," according to the restaurant. "Without it, food will simply dry out – sort of like bread left out on a counter overnight to make croutons for stuffing. You might have seen experiments which seem to show no decomposition in our food. Most likely, this is because the food has dehydrated before any visible deterioration could occur."

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A number of experiments have subjected McDonald’s and other fast food to decay tests as well. Buzzfeed placed burgers from McDonald’s, Burger King, Carl’s Jr. Wendy’s, Umami burger, In-n-Out and Jack in the Box in a glass jar for 30 days and examined them for decay.

Serious Eats conducted an exhaustive experiment comparing multiple aspects, including patty size and bun, of McDonald’s burger with a homemade version. They found that even a homemade burger made of similar proportions will not decay in a temperature-stable and moisture-controlled environment.

Still, Lovdahl might not be far off when she wrote this:

“The box will decompose before the food does.”

The box will decompose before the food does!

Posted by Jennifer Lovdahl on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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Here's how to delete Google's audio recordings of your voice

Published: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 5:40 PM

Google Home units and Google phones are on display at the Google booth during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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You probably already figured that Google keeps track of your web searches, but did you know that the Internet giant may be storing recordings of your voice?

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Judge gives man 50 years over $1.2 million in stolen fajitas

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 2:10 PM

Man Gets 50 Years Over $1.2 Million In Stolen Fajitas

An unexpected doctor’s appointment -- and 800 pounds of fajitas -- proved to be Gilberto Escamilla’s undoing.

Escamilla, 53, of Brownsville, Texas, was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to theft by a public servant, according to the Brownsville Herald. Escamilla is a former employee of the Cameron County juvenile detention center. 

Prosecutors said Escamilla spent nine years scamming the county by ordering fajitas for the Darrel B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center, then intercepting the orders and selling them to his own customers. He was caught in August 2017 when he missed a shipment due to a doctor’s appointment. 

Other employees of the detention center were baffled when a delivery driver showed up with 800 pounds of fajitas, a dish that is not served in their kitchen. The driver told them he had been delivering the Mexican specialty to the facility since 2008.  

“It was selfish,” Escamilla said during his sentencing hearing on Friday, according to the Herald. “It started small and got bigger and out of control. It got to the point where I couldn’t control it anymore.”

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Cameron County Assistant District Attorney Peter Gilman requested the stiff sentence to send a message to public servants willing to steal from taxpayers, the Herald reported. 

“We feel a strong message should be sent,” Gilman said

Under Texas law, Escamilla faced up to 99 years in prison for the first-degree felony, NBC News reported. Theft of property becomes a first-degree felony when a person steals property valued at $200,000 or more

An additional theft charge against the defendant was dismissed as part of an earlier plea deal. 

Escamilla was fired Aug. 8 and arrested at his home, where investigators found packages of fajitas in his refrigerator. The detectives were able to track down some of his customers, who cooperated with the investigation. 

Escamilla was given a moment to tell his family goodbye before being escorted from court Friday, the Herald reported. He was taken to the Cameron County Jail to await transfer into the state prison system. 

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Company recalls certain ice pops sold in 15 states

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 10:49 PM

A frozen novelty manufacturer is voluntarily recalling certain ice pops that are sold in 15 states for possible listeria contamination.

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According to US Recall News, Ziegenfelder Co., of Wheeling, West Virginia, is recalling about 3,000 cases of Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because of the possible health risk. 

The ice pops were distributed to retail grocers in 15 states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Maine
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

The ice pop products were delivered between April 5 and April 19, US Recall News reported.

The Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-84200-9, and have lot codes D09418A through D10018B.

The Sugar Free Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-75642-9, and have lot codes D09318A through D10018B. 

So far, there are no reported illnesses or incidents involving the products.

More from the FDA can be found here.

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Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 5:33 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 5:33 AM

Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall In Puerto Rico

Tropical Storm Maria continues to churn in the Atlantic Ocean. The deadly storm has claimed lives on multiple islands in its path.

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