So, you’d like to know if McDonald’s South Africa’s Fries are made from powder... Well, the answer is simple: No ways. At McDonald’s SA, we guarantee that all of our Fries are only made from real, locally sourced potatoes of the very highest quality. The potatoes farmed for our products are in no way genetically modified, and we make sure that all the potatoes we use to make our Fries meet local regulations.

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To elaborate, we have strict specifications for our French fries and our suppliers uphold these standards to ensure consistent quality. Our quality requirements cover everything from the raw potatoes to the finished product. Our standards define length, thickness and colour, as well as sensory standards such as crispness, internal texture and flavour. Our supplier's end product is also monitored daily in our restaurants to ensure quality. If our Fries aren't right, they just don't get served. Talking about suppliers, McDonald’s SA works with world-famous French fry supplier McCain Foods. McCain has a policy of not using genetically modified potatoes in any of their products, including those used to make our iconic McDonald's Fries.

Additives such as a dextrose solution are used to replace the natural sugars lost in Fries during blanching to provide a uniform, golden appearance after cooking. Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (SAPP) is also used to prevent the Fries from turning grey. So there you go! Our Fries are most certainly not made from powder – they are made from real, high-quality, locally sourced potatoes that are not genetically modified in any way.

Not only are our Fries 100% potato, they are 100% vegetarian too. McDonald’s Fries are fried in vegetable oil, which is kept completely separate from the oil vats used to deep-fry our chicken and fish products. If you are interested in finding out more about our McDonald’s Fries, the menu on the McDonald’s SA website has a full breakdown of all the ingredients that go into our meals. Go have a look. Have you got any more questions about our ingredients? Take a look at our ‘Know Our Food’ microsite and see if anyone else has asked the same questions you have.