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First, there was the McShwarma.

 

Now meat meet the McAfrika, by far the most tasteless McDonalds burger ever. And I do mean tasteless.

“Tasteless,” is how charitable groups have branded a McDonald’s burger in Norway that they claim ignores the starvation crisis in Africa. McDonald’s is red-faced, and may donate proceeds from its controversial “McAfrika” burger.

 

This is the promotion that’s left aid organizations in Norway seeing red… and McDonald’s officials red-faced.


“It’s inappropriate and distasteful to launch a hamburger called ‘McAfrika’ when large portions of southern Africa are on the verge of starvation,” says Linn Aas-Hansen of Norwegian Church Aid.

 

She stood outside a McDonald’s restaurant in downtown Oslo this week, passing out free “catastrophe crackers” to passersby in protest. “This is a special, protein-rich cracker that we hand out to people in the hunger-stricken areas,” she said.

 

Among those who got a taste of the crackers was an apologetic spokesperson for McDonald’s in Norway, Margaret Brusletto.

She said McDonald’s was sorry the name of its new burger, meant to reflect an African recipe, has negative connotations. “That wasn’t our intention,” she said. “At the same time, we acknowledge that we have chosen an unfortunate time to launch this new product.”

 

There was no word as to whether McDonald’s will pull its “McAfrika” burger off the market despite the protests in Norway, where aid organizations have launched one of the world’s largest relief programs ever aimed at getting food to starving millions in southern Africa.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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