Food safety is paramount for the McDonalds Corporation because they serve billions of customers who come for the great taste of burgers and chicken nuggets, and their health and safety means everything. It’s an OSI Group McDonalds partnership that’s responsible for the processing of these meats and keeping them as preserved as possible when they reach the restaurants. One of their largest food plants is in Germany where high volumes of meat are brought in and ready to undergo the slicing and dicing phase followed by hard freezing to keep them at peak quality. But even more importantly is what OSI Group does with sanitary practices that require thorough hand washing and wearing protective gear, keeping all loose items out of the food processing area and making sure metal detectors minimize the likelihood of foreign objects getting in the meat.
It wasn’t long ago that the British Safety Council awarded OSI Group the Globe of Honour for following strict safety guidelines. The OSI Group McDonalds partnership has lasted for over 60 years starting when OSI Group was a locally-owned meat market known as Otto & Sons. Otto & Sons was started by Otto Kolschowsky in 1909 and had become well-known in Chicago. McDonalds owner Ray Kroc decided they were the perfect fit for supplying hamburger meat to his new restaurant chain, and Otto & Sons welcomed the opportunity to grow their company into something big. The OSI Group McDonalds partnership was helped by the arrival of Sheldon Lavin who helped Otto & Sons get a bank loan to open their first high output processing plant in Geneva, IL, and then in 1978 the plant in Germany was opened.
The OSI Group McDonalds partnership has seen thousands of restaurants and over 60 processing plants opened up in over 60 countries. Meat products are their primary food specialties, though OSI Group has recently included more baked goods and produce in their portfolio. Both companies have realized environmental awareness is a growing concern around the world and have hired executives to engage in sustainable practices and initiatives. Both companies also have been deeply invested in philanthropy through the Ronald McDonald House Charities, a charitable organization.