government has partnered with McDonald’s to increase the fast food giant’s
dairy use in a move the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is
with government-funded organization Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) worked closely with McDonald’s to formulate
recipes that use more dairy, to be implemented at over 14,000 locations
the introduction of larger cheese slices, and more heavily dairy-laden
with fast-food restaurants to increase the use of dairy products in exchange
for a cash injection from the dairy industry.
that have worked with DMI include such major fast food brands as Taco Bell,
Pizza Hut, and Wendy’s.
Scientist Porter Myrick said: “The McDonald’s employees are just as excited as
we are to showcase the goodness and versatility of dairy.
understand, as we do, that creating offerings such as these gives consumers
what they want, and it’s also good for dairy farmers.”
the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) argues the move is bad
– which consists of over 12,000 members – objects to the ‘irresponsible’ partnership due to health concerns.
The PCRM’s renowned
plant-based physician, Neal Barnard, MD, explained that cheese is a major
source of saturated fat for Americans which is a significant contributor to America’s number
one killer – heart disease.
States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – a governmental organization –
recommends that Americans limit saturated fat and sodium consumption.
the aim of the partnership – increasing dairy use – doesn’t set consumers up
for success, especially given that cheese is the number one source of sodium and saturated fat in
the standard American diet.
said: “I’m not lovin’ that the USDA is working with McDonald’s to push 30
percent more cheese on unsuspecting consumers.”