McDonald's reveals it has removed all artificial ingredients from its burgers….except for pickles

The world's largest burger chain today said classics like the Big Mac and Quarter Pounder with Cheese are preservative-free, with reformulated buns and sauces.

Pickles on the sandwiches still contain artificial preservatives, but customers can request sandwiches without them.

McDonald's has been gradually removing preservatives from its menu for several years in an effort to appeal to more health-conscious buyers.

In 2016, it removed high-fructose corn syrup from its buns and took artificial preservatives out of its Chicken McNuggets.

The Chicago-based company says around one-third of its sandwiches still have artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, including Egg McMuffins and Filet-O-Fish.

McDonald's hasn't set a timeline for removing those ingredients.

It comes just months after the fast food chain placed a ban on plastic straws.

Since May, straws have been kept behind the counter and are only given out when a customer asks for one.

McDonald's UK boss Paul Pomroy said: "Customers have told us that they don't want to be given a straw and that they want to have to ask for one, so we're acting on that.

"Straws are one of those things that people feel passionately about, and rightly so, and we're moving those straws behind the front counter."

It's believed that the UK uses around 8.5billion single-use plastic straws every year, and now retailers are taking steps to banish them.



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