Comment: Warning: today's column contains utterly tasteless items

The most joyful recent story about McDonald's catering outlets came from Hong Kong...

Forget BSE - everyone is back on beef ...and here comes the halal Big Mac

McDONALD'S is planning a McMenu for British Muslims. It is in negotiations with a ritual slaughterhouse to serve up halal Big Macs, Quarter-Pounders and McChicken sandwiches with fries.

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McDonald's launches the burger box you can eat

STAND BY for the ultimate in fast food - the edible hamburger box. Next year, McDonald's are expected to start using containers made from potatoes.

Big Mac at 30 no longer the burger king

IT MAY HAVE escaped your attention, but this is a seminal moment in hamburger history. Next month the Big Mac, the most famous beef sandwich of all time, turns 30. Birthday festivities, though, are likely to be sober. McDonald's executives are in no mood for a party.

`Scalded' sue McDonald's

MCDONALD'S IS facing legal action by more than 20 people - some of whom have undergone skin grafts - who claim they were scalded by hot drinks bought at the chain's burger outlets.

Fat starts to fly in griller warfare

IT IS "griller warfare" with a difference. Burger King has launched a direct rival to McDonald's Big Mac, which, the company claims, has been a huge success in the US.

Dilemmas: My nephew is obese and his parents feed him on burgers

Eva's worried about her delightful, overweight nephew. His mother never eats vegetables, his father doesn't believe in fruit, they live on a diet of fat and starchy foods and go to McDonald's every Saturday - but she doesn't want to say anything because she gets on well with the family

Being a veggie was murder

As increasing numbers turn their backs on meat, former animal rights campaigner Tim Samuels will be tucking into turkey for the first Christmas in 10 years. He explains why he's decided to give up beanburgers and make the switch back to beef - after a decade of being vegetarian.

Letter: Sticky issue

Sir: Is the glue on stamps and envelopes made from animal carcases? I've stopped eating burgers but don't know whether to lay off correspondence as well.

CJD tests on coma victim

A post-mortem examination was being carried out yesterday on a former kennel worker who may have been one of the youngest victims of "new variant" Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (v-CJD), caused by mad cow disease. Vicky Rimmer, 20, had been in a coma for four years at Deeside Community Hospital in North Wales after originally falling ill aged 15.

No second helping for McDonald's

McDonald's, the fast-food giant, has in effect conceded that the campaign against its products, practices and corporate philosophy is unstoppable.

Burger King ends beef ban

The United States fast food giant Burger King has agreed to end its ban on the use of British beef in its burgers.

Fast food, slow witted: the story of the McLibel

The oddest news of all in the last week or so has been the coverage of the McLibel case, which has been reported everywhere as if the losing side actually won. In case you have been away at the South Pole writing a symphony for the last five years, let me recap briefly. A large American firm called McDonald's which sells hamburgers in fast food outlets decided to sue two anarchists who had been handing out leaflets in the street saying that McDonald's was a nasty big capitalist firm which chopped down rainforests and tortured chickens (not true, apparently).

OED chickens out over 'McJob'

In what might be described as a case of McCensorship, the Oxford English Dictionary has been advised by lawyers not to include the word "McJob" in its next edition, writes Mark Rowe.
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