Last verified 6/12
Reminder: You must take the responsibility of being vigilant by always reconfirming the GF status of a menu item and addressing cross-contamination issues each and every time.
McDonald's provides a list of components in each menu item on their website. Go to Food>Menu>. You have to look at each item individually. Choose your item then click on "Nutrition" and then scan down the page. You will see all the ingredients. You may also call the toll-free phone number printed on McDonald's cups and bags (877)
French Fries controversy: There
was an uproar in the beginning of 2006 about the status of McDonald's French
Fries, which still reverberates to the present. In 2006 McDonald's supplied a gluten-free list of their products on their website, which included their French fries. McDonald's now states that their fries and hash browns "contain wheat". They explain that the natural beef flavor in the vegetable oil uses "hydrolyzed wheat as a starting ingredient".
The Gluten Free Living publication reports that "Lizzie Roscoe, a spokeswoman for the McDonald's Corporation, said in an email . . Testing and analysis by leading experts has not detected gluten in our French fries. However, to comply voluntarily with federal labeling laws, our website lists this product as containing wheat".
CSA weighs in on the French fries controversy in a pdf about their testing of McDonald's French fries. Type in McDonald's" in their search window to access.
RMJ's note: From my readings, the potential amount of gluten in from the natural beef flavor component in McDonald's French fries is so miniscule that it wouldn't cause a problem. The larger potential for gluten is through cross-contamination in the oil that the fries are cooked in. Depending on the restaurant, this oil could also be used for gluten-containing menu items. This is a common problem for celiacs when dining in restaurants. Exceptions to this are restaurants such as In-N-Out, who only use the oil for their French fries.
"I don't feed my son commercially prepared ground beef, so when we go the McDonald's
he has a yogurt parfait with his Happy Meal instead of a burger. I just look
the cashier straight in the eye and say 'My son has food allergies, please substitute
a yogurt parfait for the hamburger.' Occasionally I need to explain to the manager
that my son can't eat wheat products, but they've never refused to substitute.
Note: The granola that comes with the partfait is not GF - we just throw it away."
Marcia to the SillyYaks site 10/04
There are many McDonald's in the San Diego area. Check their web site or the phone book for locations.