McDonald’s ‘artisan’ burger fails to cut mustard with authority

Chain forced to withdraw term after McMór burger falls foul of food safety guidelines

The fast-food chain McDonald’s has been forced to withdraw the term “artisan” from material promoting a new “Irish” burger which features bacon and cabbage.

The global corporation's description of its new McMór burger fell foul of Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) guidelines published earlier this summer.

Under the rules something can be described as artisan only if it is made in limited quantities by skilled craftspeople. Also, the processing method must not be fully mechanised and should use food grown or produced locally “where seasonally available and practical”.

McDonald’s described its burger as a “tribute to the best produce and finest flavours from across Ireland”. Along with the beef, bacon and cabbage, diners can expect to find a “potato-flaked bun” and baby kale adorned with Ballymaloe relish and Charleville cheese.

Ingredients apart, the FSAI expressed concern about some of the promotional material, which labelled the product as artisan. A spokesman told The Irish Times it would be contacting the company to establish the bona fides of its claims.

In a subsequent statement, McDonald’s said the term artisan “is, as we are now aware, inaccurate, insofar as it is in breach of some of the recently launched, voluntary FSAI guidelines around the usage of the term in the marketing of food. This specific term will no longer be used.”

Conor Pope

Conor Pope

Conor Pope is Consumer Affairs Correspondent, Pricewatch Editor and cohost of the In the News podcast