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False claim of human meat in McDonald’s factories stems from old hoax

August 24, 2020 GMT

CLAIM: Human meat has been discovered in the freezers of an Oklahoma City McDonald’s meat factory, as well as in about 90% of other McDonald’s meat factories inspected so far. 

AP’S ASSESSMENT: Satire. Human remains have not been found in McDonald’s factories. This false claim is a years-old hoax that first appeared on the satirical blog in 2014.

THE FACTS: On Aug. 23, a Facebook page with a history of spreading conspiracy theories shared another bogus rumor: that human meat was discovered at a McDonald’s meat factory.

“First Horse meat, then the mysterious ‘Pink slime’, Now Human meat?” read the post viewed by more than 51,000 Facebook users. The baseless post also claimed that the human remains came from children, and that health inspectors following up on the case “horrifyingly found human meat in about 90% of the factories inspected thus far.”


The Facebook page The Hidden Truth shared the information as true, but included a link that redirected Facebook users to, a satire blog.

The story on had no official sources or evidence, and was first shared in March 2014, according to a search of internet archives.

McDonald’s patties are made of 100% beef, according to the company’s website.


This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

Here’s more information on Facebook’s fact-checking program: