A story circulating this week claims that McDonald's was "exposed" for storing human meat and horsemeat in freezers in Oklahoma City. Is this true or false?
The article first surged in early 2014 and a variant continues to circulate in July. The report was first posted by the humorous website huzlers.com, which has been responsible for a string of outlandish rumors over the past few months. That website has since gone through a redesign, with much of its original content removed. You can still see a cached version of the article on the Internet Archive.
In the fake story, we read:
Meat inspectors reportedly found, what appeared to be, Human meat stored in the meat factory freezers of an Oklahoma City meat factory and human meat already in trucks right outside the factory ready to be shipped to McDonald’s restaurants. Health inspectors immediately demanded inspection in various McDonald’s meat factories across the country and horrifyingly found human meat in about 90% of the factories inspected thus far.
A video was included, which contains various reports and conspiracy theories about missing children. By including this video, the “humorous” article implies that missing children are ending up in McDonald’s meat.
Huzler’s originally surfaced in late 2013, publishing outlandish fake stories for apparent shock value, protected by a disclaimer that stated it was a combination of real news and satire. The website has since become a fake news generator, which allows readers to fill in details and generate a phony news story. It appears that much, if not all, of its original content has since been removed.
July 2014 Variant
The website Daily Buzz Live produced a variation of the story, including many of the same elements of the original Huzler’s article. This version claimed that human and horsemeat had been found at a McDonald’s in Oklahoma City.
Human Meat Found In McDonald’s Meat Factory. Previously we brought you a report that detailed disturbing audio admissions by a man that claimed McDonald’s uses human meat as a filler in their 100% beef hamburgers and the fact that McDonald’s has been accused of using worm meat fillers. Now, inspectors have allegedly found human meat and horse meat in the freezer’s of an Oklahoma City McDonald’s meat factory. Human meat was also recovered in several trucks that were on their way to deliver the patties to the restaurants.
That website also admits that some of its content is fictitious. It should also be noted that neither versions of the above story included any corroboration. No news websites or broadcasts have reported on this story because it is not true.
Human meat or horsemeat was not discovered in McDonald’s freezers in Oklahoma. This story comes from two “humorous” websites with no corroborating reports by any reputable news organizations.