OSI Group and Its History Plus Mcdonald’s Takes Us on a Factory Tour

OSI Group was founded in 1909 by German immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky. Originally opened as a family meat market, it was originally located in Oak Park, Illinois. Later in 1917, his family meat market grew and expanded. Because of its growth, Otto Kolschowsky relocated his business to Maywood, Illinois. Before OSI Group established its name, it was originally named Otto & Sons back in 1928. It was in 1975 that Otto & Sons became OSI Group. In the 1950s, OSI Group (then, Otto & Sons) were suppliers of fresh ground beef patties for the first Mcdonald’s restaurant. The first Mcdonalds was opened by Ray Kroc in Des Plaines, Illinois.


Today, Mcdonalds is one of the largest fast-food chains, globally. Serving customers worldwide, it can be found in almost every country in the world. Famous for its burgers, we take a look at an article dated October 11th of 2018. The article begins to talk about how its famous burgers are made. Specifically, how Mcdonalds burgers are made from its factory in Germany. The article also talks about how important it is to know the ingredients that are included in what we eat.

It then talks about a man named David Whipple. David Whipple began an “experiment to see how many preservatives there were in a Mcdonald’s burger”. He took the burger and put it in a cupboard” for 14 years. Later in 2013, he revealed that the burger “still looked almost exactly the same.” A program director from the University of Guelph’s Department of Food Science (Keith Warriner), stated that the not-rotting burger “has little to do with preservatives”. Keith Warriner then talks about microbes and the role it plays in the rotting process.

The article then moves on to describe the tour of the fast-food giant’s factory in G├╝nzburg, Germany. The factory is one of the largest of OSI Group’s factories. It says that an “average of 5 million burgers” are produced every day there. It then moves on to talk about hygiene at the factory. A picture is also included showing an employee in protective clothing at a sanitizing machine.


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