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McMoms Tell It Like It Is

Not so surprisingly, a recent survey states that 90% of moms think it's important that fast-food restaurants provide info about the food they're serving. What is surprising is that McDonald's heard their concerns and is inviting moms to go behind the counter in order to discover how the food is prepared. Their new "Moms' Quality Correspondents" are planning on meeting with McDonald's chefs, nutritionists, suppliers, execs, and more. They'll also be able to check out new products and supplier facilities.

The interesting thing about all of this? The McMoms will be blogging about their experience (well, sort of, I'm sure McD's will have some sway in what they say since it's hosted on their site). However, as Susan Forsell, McDonald's VP of US Quality Systems stated:

"These are real moms, with real opinions and real questions about the
food they are feeding their families.

It will be interesting to see where they go, and what they discover, but something tells me if something goes wrong, that won't show up in the journal.

Source: PR Newswire

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ohmondieu ohmondieu 10 years
I agree with jessbear.I am a vegetarian too and I couldn't believe that i couldn't even eat the fries when I went in there!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
McD's is a treat. You don't eat out all the time at any fast food restaurant or even sit-down restaurant no matter how healthy the place might be. If you balance it with meals made at home, exercise, and a healthy understanding of how the body works, then I think McD's is alright on occasion. At least they are making an effort to reach out to people and explain their menu, even if their reasons have underlying motives. I'll be keeping up on the McMoms just to see if any of them really have bad things to say along the way.
rainonme224 rainonme224 10 years
I think McD's is ok every once in awhile as a treat for kids. I don't have any children, but I have very young brothers and once every 6 months (give or take) they get food from there as a special treat. They don't want to eat there everyday but once in awhile doesn't hurt. Just my personal opinion.
Community-Manager Community-Manager 10 years
Everyone entitled opinion but please make sure we are respectful of others opinions. An occasionally happy meal doesn't hurt but it never good if that mcd's is the only thing the kid eats! Not heathly! I had a cousin that lived on mcdonald french fries which he froze and ate. He ate them from 4 until he was 8!
Food Food 10 years
everyone's entitled to their own opinion, but personally i think mcd's is okay for kids on the occassion. it should be a nice treat, or when you're in a pinch. I have great memories of my mom and i stopping to grab dinner on the way home. she was a busy lady working to make ends meet and mcDs was an easy meal every now again. However, she also believed in balanced meals and didn't allow us to eat too much junk, sweets or sodas, so McDs days were definitely special. And although I don't personally have kids, I would definitely be quick to judge anyone who lets children eat mcDs on an everyday basis. Actually come to think of it, I'd probably be quick to judge anyone (be it mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, single, married, old, young, etc.) who eats there on a regular/daily basis. didn't anyone see super size me or read fast food nation? scary stuff!
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 10 years
Well said Jen.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I know that people without children paradoxically tend to believe they know the most about parenting. Heck, I was guilty of that myself at one point. But, I'm really surprised that a staff member here would make such a judgmental comment. Happy place? As for this McMoms campaign - I don't get it. I would think McD's potential parent customer base is mostly made up of two groups - 1) people who are aware the food is unhealthy and don't care and 2) people who are aware the food is unhealthy but believe in moderation and balance. There isn't really a group 3) people who are able to be convinced the food is there!?!? Crazy.
JessBear JessBear 10 years
McDonald's is one of my pet peeves. I'm a vegeatrian, and McDonald's is the ONLY place I've ever been to (including steakhouses!) where I can't find a single thing to eat. Salads? They've got meat, and on the (two) occasions I asked them to make me one without, they said they were premade and they couldn't. Fruit and Walnut salad? The yogurt has gelatin. Same with the parfait, and the french fries have beef flavoring. Oh, wait! I can get an ice cream cone. Because that's a balanced meal...
bfly1133 bfly1133 10 years
I am going to have to agree with Butrfly on this one. I don't think an occasional McDonald's stop makes anyone a bad parent or grandparent. It was always a treat for me as a child. Some of the best memories I have of my grandpa are at McDonald's bonding over Chicken McNuggets. Going there on a regular basis is a different story.
piksie707 piksie707 10 years
it's cute, cos when my brother and I were little, mom would sometimes take us there, and we hated McDonald's so much that we wouldn't get a thing! She would sometimes get a burger, and we would just sit there. She said she could feel the other moms judging her, lol.
sls1825 sls1825 10 years
As a mom I never eat there and never take my kids there. I don't know if going behind the scenes would sway my opinion either.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
hey, partysugar, that's pretty harsh! As someone who doesn't have kids, I'm not sure you're qualified to determine what a "real good mom" does or even THINKS about. I don't even eat there and take my kids there probably once a year or less, but I would never think of telling someone they weren't a "real good mom" because they did. Anyway, my original comment was supposed to be: I am a mom and I once worked at McDonalds - so I just don't go there. I'm sure that the info coming from the McMom's will be very biased, too.
smartypantssugar smartypantssugar 10 years
I could see a mom taking the kids to McDs maybe for a treat or a special occasion, on a vacation or something. But all the time, no way. I had my birthday party at McDonald's one year. :)
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Precisely, Party!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
I think a real good mom would never think of taking her children to McDonalds.
Seraphim Seraphim 10 years
ahahaha i went to the website and i love how they compair a chicken nugget meal to a ham and cheese sandwhich and other things and it all comes down to mcdonalds is BETTER than anything else your eating LOL
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Can't wait 2 hear what they say!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Huh. Im sure Id be grossed out, but kudos to them.
HistoryGeek913 HistoryGeek913 10 years
really? huh - I'm curious as to what these McMoms are going to say.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
This is really interesting. I can't wait to read the blogs!
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