“It’s been 6 years since I bought this ‘Happy Meal’ at McDonald’s,” Lovdahl wrote on her Facebook page Feb. 3. “It’s been sitting at our office this whole time and has not rotted, molded, or decomposed at all! It smells only of cardboard. We did this experiment to show our patients how unhealthy this ‘food’ is. Especially for our growing children! There are so many chemicals in this food! Choose real food! Apples, bananas, carrots, celery … those are real fast food.”
Images of the meal were shared over 200,000 times and picked up by multiple media outlets. Similar findings and experiments have captured media attention over the years, including an Icelandic man in January 2015 who shared images of a McDonald’s hamburger and fries he bought Oct. 31, 2009.
Hjortur Smarason, 28, purchased the meal when he realized the fast-food chain was leaving Iceland.
“We no longer have a McDonald’s here, but we do have a McDonald’s burger and it’s probably the oldest in the world, so I reckon we shouldn’t complain too much,” Smarason said Jan. 26, 2015, the Daily Mail reported.
Foods with a high-sodium content often have long shelf lives. Dry environments are also not conducive to mold growth.