A 14-year-old burger looks good as new has no mold or apparent difference from a freshly made fast-food burger.
According to the Huffington Post report, the McDonald’s burger was purchased by David Whipple in Logan, Utah, on July 7, 1999, Whipple claims.
“Being always on a diet, I was involved with another weight loss gimmick and scheduled to do a home presentation the following month. This hamburger was going to be an object lesson about live enzymes. At the little meeting, I showed the hamburger and the pickle, which was just starting to disintegrate. There was no decomposition to the meat or bun, nor any mold, fungus or smell. It had no bad odor at all,” Whipple said in a recent blog post.
The hamburger, in the original sack with the receipt, ended up in a coat pocket jacket.
“The hamburger has never been in a refrigerator during its 13 year life. Now it just sits on a shelf,” Whipple said.
Whipple recently appeared on “The Doctors” television show to talk about the burger.
Whipple said he will keep the burger to encourage his grandchildren to eat healthy.
McDonald’s delivered a statement in response to David Whipple’s burger:
“In the example of a McDonald’s hamburger, the patty loses water in the form of steam during the cooking process. The bun, of course, is made out of bread. Toasting it reduces the amount of moisture. This means that after preparation, the hamburger is fairly dry. When left out open in the room, there is further water loss as the humidity within most buildings is around 40%. So in the absence of moisture or high humidity, the hamburger simply dries out, rather than rot.”
According to the University of Georgia’s National Center for Home Food Preservation website, the process of drying food prevents the growth of bacteria. This has been a common method of food preservation for hundreds of years.