‘We don’t sell junk food’: The CEO of McDonald’s recently said the company doesn’t sell junk food after facing criticism from a 9-year-old British Columbia girl.
At a meeting last week with shareholders, CEO Don Thompson responded to a question asked by a girl about healthier food options for children.
“We don’t sell junk food, Hannah,” Thompson said. Thompson stressed his children eat food at home, while also eating at McDondald’s.
“We provide high quality food. We always have; it’s real beef, it’s real chicken, it’s real tomatoes, real lettuce, real fruit, real smoothies, real dairy, real eggs, and we do it in a way that is also affordable,” he elaborated.
The 9-year-old girl, Hannah Robertson, claimed that children are being duped into eating unhealthy food.
“Something that I don’t think is fair is when big companies try to trick kids into eating food that isn’t good for them by using toys and cartoon characters,” Robertson said.. “If parents haven’t taught their kids about healthy eating then the kids probably believe that junk food is good for them because it might taste good.”
Robertson told ABC News that she wasn’t impressed with his response.
“I don’t think he answered it very well, because he just kept saying the same things over and over again like, ‘We don’t market to kids and we don’t sell junk food.’”