Posted on: October 12, 2018 at 3:14 pm
Last updated: October 12, 2018 at 3:16 pm

We will be the first ones to say that the American fast food company founded on May 15, 1940, McDonald’s, has done little to help people on their health journeys. It simply may not be their goal, but with their tens of billions of dollars, consumers should be able to hold them to higher standards. This isn’t the first time McDonald’s has come under fire for questionable cleanliness either…

Now, a student by the name of Isabella Ritchie is after spotting something disgusting in a Cambridge, England McDonald’s restaurant on 9 Rose Crescent. After ordering her meal, Ritchie went to get herself some ketchup from the condiment dispenser. [1]

After a second glance, much to her surprise, she saw live maggots wriggling inside the clear plastic tube. You would think this would also disgust and enrage the McDonald’s staff who were working that day but, shockingly, that wasn’t the case apparently.

“I told one member of staff and she literally just ignored me and carried on serving customers,” Ritchie tweeted. [2] “We literally had to stop someone from eating it because they didn’t realize.”


Naturally, she took a video recording on her phone and posted it to Twitter, notifying the McDonald’s Twitter account while she was at it.

McDonald’s Response to Ritchie’s Maggot Video

Almost a full 24 hours after she posted the video, a spokesperson from McDonald’s UK Twitter account finally responded.

“Hi Isabella, I’m very sorry to see this happened. So we can investigate, can please send us a DM and let me know which restaurant this was and the time of your visit? Our team will then be able to look into this for you immediately.” [2]

Concerned about the health and safety for McDonald’s customers and other locations, RT reached out to the fast food franchise for some answers regarding why maggots were there in the first place.

“Our condiment area and dispensers should be checked for cleanliness every day and we are looking into what happened here,” said the McDonald’s spokesperson. [3] “As a result of this matter, the restaurant has been visited by the Environmental Health Officer for Cambridge City Centre, who has carried out and completed a full inspection of the premises and equipment. We can confirm that they are satisfied with the controls and procedures in place at the Cambridge restaurant.”

Never Forget: McDonald’s Track Record

We’re relieved that that incident was cleared up. But just in case you need more reasons to avoid eating this kind of food, here’s a handy list…

1) 6 Freaky Ingredients Found in McDonald’s Food That Might Just Be Unfit for Human Consumption

2) Ingredients in McDonald’s Fries Linked to Obesity, Heart Disease and Cancer

3) These 72 Ingredients Prove McDonald’s Big Macs Aren’t Fit for Human Consumption

4) Study: 6 out of 10 Fast Food Restaurants Serve Ice Cubes That Are Dirtier Than Toilet Water

5) These 23 Restaurants Have the Most Antibiotics in Their Meat – Avoid Them!

Well, as much as the smell of fast food can be tempting some days, stories like this just make it easier to stay healthy! Imagine a world where McDonald’s was serving its 69 million daily customers in over 100 countries healthy food. (Ah, we can dream, right?) Instead, we’re hit with stomach-churning stories like this one.


WATCH: This Is What Happens When You Juice a McDonald’s Cheeseburger and Fries

[1] Anderson, C. (2018, October 04). MAGGOTS found ‘wriggling in a McDonald’s tomato ketchup dispenser’. Retrieved from

[2] Ritchie, I. (2018, October 03). Never going near the ketchup in @McDonalds again. For those of you who can’t tell, these are MAGGOTS Retrieved from

[3] McMaggots: Woman finds wriggling larva in McDonald’s ketchup dispenser (VIDEO). (n.d.). Retrieved from

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