Imagine the cleanest possible kitchen you’ve ever seen. But instead of the place for meal prep for a family, it’s a huge meat processing facility that supplies patties for some of the biggest quick-service restaurants in the country, including McDonald’s.
I recently toured the OSI Industries beef processing plant in West Chicago with a group of fellow registered dietitian nutritionists. This is where beef gets processed into burger patties on its farm-to-fast-food journey.
Four Illinois farmers, including beef, dairy and hog farmers, were also in attendance. Because of the proprietary nature of OSI’s business needs, I can’t detail every step in the process we saw (some of what they do is considered confidential information). However, I can provide a few details about the tour, like the many quality and process checks they do every day prior to the burger patties being released to their final destination.
See my post on the Illinois Farm Families site: