Cargill to Supply McDonald’s with Trans Fat-Free Oil


McDonald’s Corp. has chosen the trans fat-free cooking oil it will use for frying at its 13,000 U.S. stores, allowing the company to comply with laws aimed at improving health while maintaining the taste of its French fries. McDonald’s will buy the canola-based blend, which includes soy and corn oils, from closely held Cargill Inc., said Cargill spokesman Bill Brady.

Strange that I should come across this because I was just reading over at Metroblogging Detroit about McDonald’s and how they haven’t followed through on their pledge to switch to trans fat-free cooking oil. Too bad it took a ban on trans fat in New York City, which has 250 McDonald’s stores, to spur the company to action. McDonald’s claims it was a product quality issue.

McDonald’s said in 2002 that it would switch to cooking oils with less than 2 percent trans fat at U.S. locations. It hadn’t been able to meet its goal before the new formulation because the taste and texture of fries declined when they were cooked in alternative oils….

Cargill, the largest U.S. agricultural company, worked with McDonald’s for several years to create a revised oil that didn’t change the foods’ taste.

Actually, having worked at another food company here in town, I believe that it could take that long. I’m sure the NYC trans fat ban imposed a deadline they weren’t anticipating having to meet, though.

I wonder if our proximity to Cargill HQ will mean that we’ll get the trans fat-free stuff sooner rather than later?

1 Comment so far

  1. mumbaiKar (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 6:42 am

    This is clearly a very good news. Dalda is a brand name of trans fat most popular in India. It was originally made a household brand by Unilever. Hydrogenated vegetable oil with long shelf life has a lot of appeal in a country with a large vegetarian population.

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