The administrator claims that the McDonald's cheeseburger she bought five years ago still looks exactly the same.

The administrator claims that the McDonald’s cheeseburger she bought five years ago still looks exactly the same.

The receptionist quit fast food after discovering that the McDonald’s cheeseburger she had stored for five years looked as fresh as the day she bought it.

Meghan Condrey of Washington, D.C. claims to have bought two cheeseburgers and some fries at the store in November 2017, but after eating one burger, she tossed the other one into the trunk of her car and planned to eat it later.

The 41-year-old says that when she found the burger five days later, she realized it hadn’t started to rot yet.

She decided to do an “experiment” to see how long it would last unchanged, and she left the burger untouched in the back of her wardrobe until last month.

While sorting through the Christmas decorations, she came across them, and despite being “like a rock,” Meghan said they still look the same as the day she bought them.

The bun, beef patty and cheese remain whole, with no signs of mold or rot.

McDonald’s said they only use USDA-verified 100 percent beef and that there are “no preservatives or fillers” in their beef patties.

Megan Condrey said the cheeseburger looked the same as the day she bought it after five years of untouched storage in the back of her wardrobe.  McDonald's said they only use USDA-verified 100 percent beef and that there are

Megan Condrey said the cheeseburger looked the same as the day she bought it after five years of untouched storage in the back of her wardrobe. McDonald’s said they only use USDA-verified 100 percent beef and that there are “no preservatives or fillers” in their beef patties.

The administrator claims that the McDonald's cheeseburger she bought five years ago still looks exactly the same.

Megan bought the cheeseburger on November 5, 2017. She wrote the date on the bag and put it in her wardrobe for five years.

Meghan Condrey (pictured) said she quit fast food after her McDonald's hamburger 'experiment'.

Meghan Condrey (pictured) said she quit fast food after her McDonald’s hamburger ‘experiment’.

Megan said: “No one touched him about three weeks ago.

“I was in the closet sorting my Christmas stuff, I banged my bag and the burger rolled out. I forgot about it.

“It was tough as a rock, like a hockey puck. I could probably break the window with them.

“Everything is completely dry and can start to crumble.

“There was no smell and it looks the same as the day I bought it.

“I tried to take it apart, but if I try to take it apart, I think it will break. It’s just a mass.

“I want to know what it looks like inside, but I can’t see it.

“It hasn’t shrunk or evaporated. I’m assuming it doesn’t contain bacteria, it makes me sick.

“I think it has so many preservatives in it. [in it] otherwise how could it have gone on for so long?

Megan says she was inspired to do the experiment after seeing an old burger on display in her doctor’s office.

Finding a hamburger in the back seat of her car five days after she bought it, the receptionist wrote the date on the bag and hid it.

Meghan said she bought two cheeseburgers, fries and a drink, but didn’t eat the second burger before she left it in the car and got distracted.

“A few days later I was washing the car and realized that I forgot about it,” she added.

“I took it out and it looked exactly the same as when I bought it. I think it was rock solid from the air, but there was nothing wrong with that.

“The cheeseburger and the bun looked the same, they were just very hard. It did not smell, did not rot and did not become moldy.

“I like scientific things. I went to the doctor a couple of years before and he had a hamburger cake stand on display that he had kept for 20 years.

“I would have just thrown it away if I hadn’t seen a burger in the doctor’s office.

“I tossed it into the back of a closet and left it untouched until a few weeks ago.”

Meghan accidentally left a second cheeseburger in her car, but after discovering that after five days it hadn't started to rot, she decided to do an After he 'experimented' Meghan said she vowed to quit fast food

Meghan accidentally left a second cheeseburger in her car, but after discovering that after five days it hadn’t started to rot, she decided to do an “experiment” and left it untouched in her wardrobe for five years.

After seeing the results of her experiment, Meghan vowed never to eat McDonald’s again and even gave up fast food entirely in order to lose weight.

As Megan plans to continue her experiment, she rewrapped the burger and put it back in the closet, where she will keep it for another five years.

Meghan said: “I’ll put him back in the closet and see if he dies, changes or disappears.”

“McDonald’s is not mine, I bought it that day because it was close to work, but I have friends who eat fast food regularly and they say they feel sick.

“People think it’s so disgusting. I’m not surprised it didn’t rot. Isn’t that why we feel bad after eating fast food?

“Whenever I ate it, my stomach didn’t feel right.

“I can’t imagine wrapping my hand around this and eating it now.”

A spokesman for McDonald’s USA said: “Our burgers are made from only 100% USDA verified beef. There are no preservatives or fillers in our patties and the only thing we add is a little grilled salt and pepper.”

WHY DID THE CHEESEBURGER DECAY?

Dead organic matter, such as a McDonald’s cheeseburger, is potential food for bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms.

These microorganisms secrete enzymes to break down larger food molecules into smaller molecules that they can absorb and then use them to provide energy for division and reproduction.

However, preservatives—chemical compounds of natural or synthetic origin—are added to foods to prevent or slow spoilage by inhibiting the growth of microorganisms.

According to the McDonald’s website, preservatives are used in some McDonald’s food products “only when absolutely necessary” to ensure food is safe.

“They will be used, for example, to keep our bread and cheese from getting moldy and our pickles from spoiling,” says the fast food giant.

However, his meatballs contain no preservatives or fillers, and “the only thing ever added was some grilled salt and pepper.”

So this means that cheeseburger patties can potentially decompose quickly under the right conditions, but the bun and cheese don’t decompose due to the addition of preservatives.

The rate of decomposition is highest in damp, humid conditions with sufficient oxygen levels, but Mrs. Condrey’s wardrobe probably lacked moisture in the air.

McDonald’s explains: “Decomposition requires certain conditions, especially humidity. Without enough moisture—either in the food itself or in the environment—bacteria and mold cannot grow, and therefore decomposition is unlikely.

“So if food is dry enough, or gets dry enough, it is unlikely to develop mold, bacteria, or decay. Food cooked at home and left to dehydrate can lead to similar results.”

While the level of oxygen – another factor necessary for the growth of microorganisms – was probably sufficient, it is also possible that the wardrobe was at the wrong temperature.

Spoilage microorganisms, including various types of bacteria, yeasts and molds, can grow well at temperatures up to 40°F (4°C).

The temperature range of a typical refrigerator is 37°F (3°C) to 40°F (5°C).

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