McDonald's E-mail

Received: 04/14/11

The following is the e-mail response from McDonald’s when asked which of their menu items are vegan:

Thank you for your interest in McDonald’s and for taking the time to write regarding our menu.

At McDonald’s, we’re sensitive to the special dietary requests of our customers. We’re always reviewing our menu, developing new products and searching for ways to satisfy the many tastes of the nearly 50 million customers we serve each day. Ultimately, however, it’s our customers who choose what’s on our menu. And, we’ll continue to offer those products that are most popular with a majority of our customers.

Please know that we have tested several veggieburgers and other vegetarian menu options in different parts of the United States and, at this time, have chosen not to offer them on our national menu. We will, however, continue to look at these products and make decisions that make sense from a customer interest and sales perspective.

Lastly, it’s important to know, we gladly accommodate customer requests to custom-order items without meat (i.e., without beef, chicken or fish). As one example, customers may order the Caesar Salad without chicken and topped with Newman’s Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette. This combination contains 130 calories, 7 grams of fat, 10 mg of cholesterol and 3 grams of fiber. In addition, the salad provides two servings of vegetables and is an excellent source of vitamins A and C.

Again, thank you for contacting McDonald’s. We look forward to serving you for many years to come.

Can your ingredients (for example, flour tortillas, diced apples, salsa roja, etc.) be mixed together to form something to order? If so, which ingredients may be mixed?

Also, can you tell me the source of the l-cystein in your Baked Hot Apple Pie?

Thank you for taking the time to contact McDonald’s for ingredient and allergen information.

To obtain the most up-to-date ingredient and allergen information for McDonald’s standard menu items, visit the website at Available allergen information will always be listed on the menu item’s ingredient statement.

The L-cysteine in the apple pie is derived from an animal source. The question about mixing products to create a new product will vary from store to store. You will have to check locally. They may allow you to special order some products but they may not create brand new products by mixing ingredients.

McDonald’s has worked with the Food Allergy and Anaphlaxis Network (FAAN) to help consolidate all allergen information within our ingredient statements. The FAAN encourages customers with food allergies to regularly read ingredient statements because ingredients may have changed. Again, McDonald’s recommends you visit the website,, for the most current information about our products. We also recommend that you speak with your health care provider if the information you are seeking cannot be found on our website or printed materials.

McDonald’s has provided nutrition information on our menu items for more than 35 years. One of our goals is to provide accurate and accessible nutrition information to our customers by providing a clear, consistent approach to communicating nutrition information. Today, customers can obtain nutrition information on our standard core products through five sources:
McDonald’s trayliners
McDonald’s Nutrition Facts Brochures
Toll-Free Number — 1-800-244-8227
McDonald’s Packaging

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact McDonald’s and we look forward to serving you again soon.