McDonalds is stupid again
Almost a year ago today I wrote about how lame it is for McDonalds to talk about their 100% pure beef burgers as if that were proof of their superior quality. Now tonight I just saw one of their commercials where the announcer states that "With 100% beef, nothing tops the Big Mac." Um yeah, I suppose that's true in the sense that nobody has 110% beef hamburgers. What made the commercial extra-special, though, was the fine print on the TV screen:
100% USDA inspected beefWow! Inspected! Who needs sirloin burgers, angus beef, or never-frozen beef when you can have your beef INSPECTED?
UPDATE: Curious, I checked out the USDA's website to see what the deal is with meat inspection. It turns out that essentially ALL the beef you can legally buy in this country has been inspected, and that inspection just means that it's been tested for safety, not that it isn't a lousy grade of beef. From Inspection and Grading: What's the Difference?:
Inspection for wholesomeness is mandatory and is paid for out of tax dollars. Grading for quality is voluntary, and the service is requested and paid for by meat and poultry producers/processors.What kind of tards do they think their customers are?
Under the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act, FSIS inspects all raw meat and poultry sold in interstate and foreign commerce, including imported products.
In addition, FSIS monitors state inspection programs, which inspect meat and poultry products sold only within the state in which they were produced. The 1967 Wholesome Meat Act and the 1968 Wholesome Poultry Products Act require state inspection programs to be "at least equal to" the Federal inspection program.