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Indestructible McDonalds burger amazes US

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, October 14, 2010 14:58 EDT
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Talk about eternal happiness. A New York woman who purchased a McDonalds Happy Meal six months ago says the uneaten burger and fries are in as good shape as they were the day she bought them.

The claim, backed up by a seemingly indestructible Happy Meal sitting in artist-photographer Sally Davies’ Manhattan apartment, has amazed people around the world.

The burger has featured on television shows and become the subject of intense speculation as people wonder how fast food can apparently show barely a trace of age after six months on a plate — and whether Davies is telling the truth.

“It all began with a bet with a friend of mine,” she told AFP. “So on April 10th I bought one hamburger and I began photographing and nothing really happened. It smelled for one day, and it stopped,” she said.

The burger has shrunken a little, but is mold-free and visually the same as one delivered in one of McDonald’s famous boxes.

As Daives says, there is no odor. Her two dogs, a Shih Tzu called Suki and Charlie the poodle, walked past without showing the slightest interest.

The Happy Meal’s endurance has puzzled and worried many, wondering whether food lasting so long can be healthy.

McDonalds declined an interview request, but said in a statement that “menu items are freshly prepared in our restaurants.

“It is not possible to provide a detailed explanation regarding these claims without knowing the conditions in which these food items were kept. That said, we strongly caution anyone from jumping to conclusions.”

The global chain also added: “Bacteria and mold only grow under certain conditions…. If food is/or becomes dry enough, it won’t grow mold or bacteria.”

Some accuse Davies of mounting a stunt, which she denies.

“I’m getting hate mails from people: ‘You are a charlatan, the fried fries are not in the same position,’ or ‘you are doing it to enhance your career!’” she said.

“But most of the people react positively, they are afraid and are wondering what they eat,” she added.

“I don’t see why I would do a hoax, I wish people would buy one and do the same experiment.

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