McDonald’s speaks out on claims its burgers have shrunk ‘Don’t remember being this small!’

Rylan Clark-Neal works a shift at McDonalds

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The majority of brands are having to adjust either the size of their product, or the price they are charging for it, and the UK knows the economy is in a dire situation when McDonald’s announced a price hike for their classic cheeseburger. Now, customers of the popular fast-food chain are wondering whether the size of the burgers has changed.

Rumours started when someone compared the size of a Filet-O-Fish, the McChicken sandwich and a limited-edition beef burger. 

Posting a photo of all three meals side by side, they asked: “Have McDonald Filet-O-Fish always been this small? I don’t remember it being mini, kid-size like this?!” 

Someone claimed: “Just like the quarter pounder, got its name as it was a quarter pound of beef, it’s barely that now.”

Another wrote: “We had Big Macs last week. Not only have the buns shrunk but the meat patties were so thin we could see literally through them. Was as if they had sliced them in half.” 

One comment read: “Inflated price…deflated goods.” 

While some suggested there was indeed a size change, others argued the Filet-O-Fish burger uses the “same size bun as the cheeseburger” and has “always been small”. 

McDonald’s responded to the shrinkage claims. A spokesperson told LADbible: “There have been no changes to the size of our burgers.

“We are committed to offering our customers great quality, great value burgers featuring 100 percent RSPCA approved chicken and 100 percent Aussie beef.”

The Filet-O-Fish is one of the more curious items on a McDonald’s menu, in that it receives virtually no advertising whatsoever, yet still continues to be sold by the chain despite the fact it seems no one orders it. 

The Filet-O-Fish was the first non-meat addition to the menu, when Lou Groen, the owner of a small McDonald’s franchise in Monfort Heights, Ohio was struggling to entice customers into his restaurant on Friday nights back in 1960. 

The restaurant was located in an area that was 87 percent Catholic, and at the time in the US, most Catholics abstained from eating land or air-based meat products every Friday of the year. 

After researching what other restaurants were offering, and why customers favoured them over his, Lou realised he needed to add a fish item to the menu. 

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When Good Friday of that year rolled around, the Filet-O-Fish was a huge hit, selling 350 sandwiches that day. 

Since then, the Filet-O-Fish has been on McDonald’s menus worldwide, and it is said to be the CEO’s favourite sandwich. 

For any child or teenager that fancies a Filet-O-Fish for dinner in the Liverpool city centre brand of McDonald’s (Church Street), they won’t be able to unless accompanied by an adult. 

It comes after this brand banned anyone under the age of 18 due to antisocial behaviour. 

Employees have endured verbal and physical abuse and there have been reports of chaotic scenes and security guards turning away customers.

Youngsters can dine in with their friends before 5pm, otherwise they can visit with family or siblings over 18 years old after the cut off time.

This move by the chain is not a permanent solution and the business is “working closely with the police to find a solution”. 

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