(VI) (DM) Victory: Taco Bell & Pizza Hut Are Going to Remove Artificial Ingredients from [Menu Items] / McDonald’s is Losing So Much Money it Stopped Telling Us How Much – Fast food giant loses [money] 11 months straight
I see this as another victory for the consumer. It puts more pressure for more restaurants to clean up their menu. This update mentions some the cancer causing dyes that are being removed. –MrT.
Victory: Taco Bell & Pizza Hut Are Going to Remove Artificial Ingredients from [Menu Items]
Our voices are being heard
By Mike Barrett
May 26, 2015
In yet another set of victories for the healthy consumer, fast food giants Taco Bell and Pizza Hut have announced that they will be removing artificial ingredients from their food items; a change undoubtedly sparked by our collective desire for food that is free of questionable ingredients.
For its most recent food changes, Taco Bell announced that it would be switching out its black pepper flavor ingredient for, gasp, real pepper! The fast food chain will also be eliminating trans-fats in its foods by the end of 2015; a move that should have been done years ago. But we still applaud the changes.
Further, Taco Bell will be eliminating Yellow dye 6 from its nacho cheese, as well as Blue dye number 1 from its avocado ranch dressing.
“Yellow 6 caused adrenal tumors in animals, though that is disputed by industry and the FDA. It may be contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals and occasionally causes severe hypersensitivity reactions,” a study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest found in 2010. “Yellow 6 adds an unnecessary risk to the food supply.”
“Blue 1 was not found to be toxic in key rat and mouse studies,” scientists noted, adding “but an unpublished study suggested the possibility that Blue 1 caused kidney tumors in mice, and a preliminary in vitro study raised questions about possible effects on nerve cells. Blue 1 may not cause cancer, but confirmatory studies should be conducted. The dye can cause hypersensitivity reactions.”
Pizza Hut announced similar changes, vowing to eliminate all artificial colors and preservatives in its food by August of this year.
The changes are made following previous announcements made by numerous other food organizations. For example:
Panera plans to remove all additives, artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, and more from its food by 2016.
Fast food giant Chick-fil-A announced that it would be working towards an antibiotic-free food supply in coming years, by 2019.
Target previously announced that its Simply Balanced brand would be GMO-free by the end of 2014.
Subway decided to nix a chemical that is used to make yoga mats; an additive that was also used in its breads.
Most notably, one of the nation’s largest restaurant chains, Chipotle Mexican Grill has stated that it has successfully phased out GMOs from its food.
The moves being made by Taco Bell and Pizza Hut may be a little too late for those of us who have already decided to reject the corporate food chains which offer low quality food, but these changes will surely still make a difference in the eyes of the mass consumer. In either case, I view these changes as major victories for food activists and consumer advocacy.
McDonald’s is Losing So Much Money it Stopped Telling Us How Much
Fast food giant loses [money] 11 months straight
By Anthony Gucciardi
Posted on May 28, 2015
Over the past year, I’ve shared with you the continued decline of America’s most popular fast food giant. We’ve talked about the mass closing of McDonald’s locations, the attempts by the company to trick customers into thinking that it was ‘going natural,’ and we’ve even talked about how some economists predict an ultimate demise.
And now, as people continue to choose real food instead of plastic-filled junk, McDonald’s has publicly declared an answer: it will completely stop telling us how much it loses in profits each month. Quite an amazing solution, huh?
As Bloomberg reports in an article entitled “McDonald’s to Stop Reporting Monthly Same-Store Sales Data,” the move has come after 11 straight months of declining sales. Specifically, the fast food titan has even been forced to close more than 700 stores. Meanwhile, the sales of organic food continue to boom. It’s part of the new health paradigm that millions around the world continue to adapt; a system in which real, organic food reigns supreme.
And there’s no place for McDonald’s food in this paradigm, as we have seen by so many individuals around the world rejecting the chain at astounding rates.
As Slate reports:
“Every month, McDonald’s announces how much sales have grown (or fallen) at restaurants open at least 13 months in its various market segments and across the globe. Lately, those figures have been nothing but dreadful. As of April, McDonald’s global same-store sales had shrunk for 11 consecutive months while its U.S. numbers had either declined or stayed largely flat.”
Time and time again we find that major corporations and even government organizations would rather ‘turn off’ their reporting and accountability than actually make real strides towards solving the issue at hand. From the EPA just ‘turning off’ the radiation counters following Fukushima, to the plant operating company TEPCO deciding to hide the true radioactive contamination reports. Isn’t it time that McDonald’s changes its game before even more people decide that they won’t be eating junk for any longer?
Do you still eat McDonald’s? Let us know in the comments if you think this fast food giant will survive through the ever-expanding health food movement.