Happy Meal Doesn't Decompose After 6 Months

What's happy about a happy meal that isn't loaded with fat, salt and calories? For public officials in San Francisco - plenty. Earlier this month, the city's board of supervisors voted to ban fast food meals sold with toys that don't meet certain health standards - fewer than 600 calories, less than 35 percent from fat. Eric Mar, the supervisor who sponsored the rule, said "We're part of a movement that is moving forward an agenda of food justice." But opponents don't see any justice in taking toys from kids and having the government tell parents what their kids can eat. McDonald's

In this file photo, McDonald's food is shown. A Manhattan artist photographed a Happy Meal for six months to document its changes. (McDonald's)

(CBS) The Daily Mail reports that a McDonald's Happy Meal bought about six months ago looks the same as a new Happy Meal. Sally Davies, a Manhattan artist, has photographed the Happy Meal each day since its purchase, reports the Daily Mail. There is no sign of mold.

The Happy Meal in question has the standard components, a hamburger and a small order of French fries.

"I bought the meal on April 10 of this year and brought it home with the express intention of leaving it out to see how it fared," Davies told the Daily Mail.

She told the Daily Mail that after the second day she had the Happy Meal in her home, "[M]y dogs stopped circling the shelf it was sitting on trying to see what was up there."

Davies' experiment with the Happy Meal is the latest in a series of high-profile examinations of fast food. Morgan Spurlock, in the DVD extras section of his 2004 documentary "Super Size Me," performed a similar experiment with McDonald's food as Davies did.

In a January 2010 interview with Oprah Winfrey, food writer Michael Pollan said one of his rules on food is, "Eat only foods that will eventually rot."

Read the Daily Mail article here.

  • David Riedel

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