Human Meat Found in McDonald's Factory?

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The rumor that McDonald's hamburgers are made up of human flesh originated in a satirical piece in an admittedly somewhat dark-humored website and then repurposed by another website notorious for spreading fake news and ludicrosity—Daily Buzz Live. 

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Human Meat in McDonald's Factory

Human Meat Found in McDonald's Meat Factory
This viral "news story" claims health inspectors found human meat (and horse meat) in the freezers of a McDonald's meat factory in Oklahoma City. Daily Buzz Live

Description: Fake news / Satire
Circulating since: Feb. 2014
Status: False

Via, July 2, 2014:

Human Meat Found In McDonald’s Meat Factory.
Previously we brought you a report that detailed disturbing audio admissions by a man that claimed McDonald’s uses human meat as a filler in their 100% beef hamburgers and the fact that McDonald’s has been accused of using worm meat fillers.
Now, inspectors have allegedly found human meat and horse meat in the freezer’s of an Oklahoma City McDonald’s meat factory. Human meat was also recovered in several trucks that were on their way to deliver the patties to the restaurants. According to various reports, authorities have inspected factories and restaurants across the country and have found human meat in 90% of the locations. Horse meat was found in 65% of the locations.
FBI agent Lloyd Harrison told Huzler reporters, “The worst part is that it’s not only human meat, it’s child meat. The body parts were found across the US factories and were deemed too small to be adult body parts. This is truly horrible”.
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Truly horrible indeed. A version of this fabricated story originally appeared on the humor website "" in February 2014. Though roundly debunked, the same story showed up again five months later on "Daily Buzz Live," a self-described "news and entertainment" venue which acknowledges on its contact page that "some stories on this website are fictitious." In point of fact, the editors of "Daily Buzz Live" make no effort whatsoever to let the reader in on whether a story is fact or fiction. The bulk of what passes for "news" on the site is self-evidently spurious.

Previous "Daily Buzz Live" articles have claimed, for example, that worm meat is used as a filler in McDonald's burgers and that several popular energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster contain bull semen. Both claims are based on well-known urban legends.

For anyone tempted to give this story the benefit of the doubt, here's something to consider. McDonald's uses over a billion pounds of beef annually in the United States alone. Even if it was legal to sell human meat — which it isn't — and even if McDonald's hamburgers contained only one percent human meat "filler" by weight — which they don't — that would mean the company would have to source, buy, and process at least 10 million pounds of human meat per year.

From where? And at what cost?

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Sources and Further Reading

"​Human Meat Found in McDonald's Meat FactoryDaily Buzz Live (satire website), 2 July 2014

"​McDonald's Exposed for Using Human (satire website), 8 February 2014

Is There Worm Meat in Your McDonald's Burger? Urban Legends, 22 April 2014 

What's Up, Mac? Beef Magazine, 1 November 2002