McDonald's to remove some artificial preservatives in their food products

Published: Aug. 2, 2016 at 3:44 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2016 at 4:18 PM EDT
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(WWBT) - McDonald's says they are getting rid of some artificial preservatives from its chicken nuggets, breakfast sausage patties, and egg products. The company made the announcement Monday in an effort to cater to a more health-conscious customer base.

A McDonald's spokesperson told USA Today the company got rid of an artificial preservative that was used in the cooking oil used for the McNuggets. They now use ingredients like pea starch and rice starch. They also removed chicken skin, safflower oil, and citric acid in their McNuggets. Sodium phosphates were removed from the chicken meat but not the breading.

On the breakfast side, The Chicago Tribune reports McDonald's will remove artificial preservatives in their pre-scrambled eggs and pork sausage patties.

However, a spokesperson told USA Today that some of their items still contain preservatives, but they will continue to evaluate each item.

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