Golden Arches Corporation, the local franchise owner of McDonald’s fast food chain, has denied allegations of food poisoning in one of its branches in southern Metro Manila. A message has been circulating on social media about the alleged death of a couple after eating at McDonald’s Las Piñas branch has gone viral on the internet. According to the message, a certain Jose Maria Escano and Juliet Yap Escano died after ingesting toxic substances from food that was ordered from McDonald’s on July 10, 2015. The couple reportedly expired hours after consuming their meal bought from McDonald’s Evia at DaangHari.
News about the incident immediately spread first through several text messages that came allegedly from an in law of the said couple who confirmed that the incident indeed happened. The final text message claimed that Juliet Yap Escano died while in the car while her husband Jose Maria Escano died at 2am while being treated at the hospital.
In response to the incident, McDonald’s immediately issued a statement at 2pm of July 10:
“McDonald’s would like to assure all its customers and the general public that the food we serve is safe. We adhere to strict food safety and quality standards at all times.
It has come to our attention that there are multiple messages circulating about a couple who allegedly died due to food poisoning. The information on these messages has not been verified by the authorities, including cause of death and other pertinent details.
To date, we have not received any formal inquiry from the authorities. The victims’ family has not contacted us as well. We implore for the public not to speculate and be responsible in sharing information.”
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— McDo Philippines (@McDo_PH) July 10, 2015
On 12 noon of July 11, McDonald’s issued another statement:
“Nothing is more important to McDonald’s than the safety of and well-being of all our customers.
We would like to assure everyone that the food and drinks we serve are safe. We adhere to strict food safety and quality standards at all times.
The initial police report involving the case of Mr. Jose Maria C. Escano and Ms. Juliet Yap Escano in Las Pinas, has been released and cited ‘shock secondary to [the] ingestion of [a] toxic substance as the cause of death.
The substance and its source have NOT been identified.
To date, we have not received any formal inquiry from the authorities or the Escano family.
We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family and the assurance of full cooperation to the authorities should they request for our assistance in the investigation.
It is important during a time like this to let the proper investigation occur and assist the authorities in bringing resolution and clarity to the family.
We continue to ask the public not to speculate and be responsible in sharing information.”
As of press time, no confirmation has been reported about the authenticity of the alleged food poisoning incident nor has anyone come out to file formal charges. The source of the viral text message has also yet to be determined.