Earlier in the year, McDonald’s came forward about including yoga mat chemicals in their bread.
Companies have been accused of serving customers yoga mat foods in the past, but the latest accusations of McDonald’s are different. The story broke out on Twitter over Halloween weekend and was trending on Yahoo. To this sudden burst of social media interest, McDonald’s has responded directly on Twitter and their own website to affirm they know about the chemical — and that it is staying.
Do they say directly that there are yoga mats in their food? No, but they do admit that the chemical compound in their sandwich buns is the same one used in yoga mats.
About the incident, McDonald’s answers the question, “Do McDonald’s buns contain the same chemicals used to make yoga mats?” on their website.
“The ingredient in question is azodicarbonamide (ADA)… However, it’s not in our artisan bun, which is used in the Bacon Clubhouse Sandwiches. There are varied uses for azodicarbonamide, including in some non-food products, such as yoga mats. As a result, some people have suggested our food contains rubber or plastic, or that the ingredient is unsafe. It’s simply not the case. Think of salt: the salt you use in your food at home is a variation of the salt you may use to de-ice your sidewalk. The same is true of ADA — it can be used in different ways.”
Despite the fact that McDonald’s thinks this chemical found in yoga mats is okay, there are other websites that disagree. “Salon” states that there are over 500 foods that contain yoga mat chemicals. The main quote in the “Slate” article says,
“The chemical, azodicarbonamide (also known as ADA), has been banned in Europe and Australia, but is FDA-approved so long as its presence is limited to fewer than 2.05 grams per 100 pounds of flour or 45 parts per million. The World Health Organization links it to respiratory illnesses, allergies and asthma in workers handling large volumes of it.”
There are multiple articles online that give suggestions for recycling yoga mats into useful products.
Could there be yoga mat-to-McRib repurposing in the future?
We will know if we see yoga mat recycling bins at McDonald’s.