Maggots Cleaned From McDonald’s Coffee Machine

A writer claiming to be an employee at a McDonald’s in Lansing, Michigan sent out an email to the Lansing State Journal identifying a very unusual problem with a coffee machine at his restaurant:

“Over the past couple of days something has developed that has me more than a little concerned. Our specialty coffee machine (which makes hot mocha’s, lattes and cappuccinos) has been working on and off for they past couple of weeks and started to smell of something I can only describe as ungodly. I came into work a couple of days ago to … (learn that) … maggots have been growing inside of it. As you would expect the machine was shut down right away and cleaned.”

That sucks, right? But it gets worse when the maggots apparently reappeared in the machine and the regional manager was contacted. The email went on to say:

“The regional manager was contacted and her response was the machine must be kept on and we must continue to sell our specialty coffees.”

The State Journal’s inquiry prompted an email from the public relations firm that represents McDonald’s, which is attributed to the owner of the franchise:

“Rest assured, absolutely nothing is more important to me than operating safe, clean restaurants. I take matters concerning the safety and quality of the food and beverages I serve extremely seriously. Upon learning about these allegations, we took immediate action to investigate the claims. It’s important to note that at no time did the area of the machine in question come in contact with the beverages. This was an isolated issue and corrective action has been taken to address this matter. We removed the machine from service so it could be sanitized and repaired. The machine has since been returned to service and no further issues have been reported.”

(Lansing State Journal via The Consumerist)

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