FACT CHECK: Did McDonald’s Change Its Wrapping To Support Israel?
A viral video shared on Facebook claims fast food restaurant McDonald’s purportedly changed its wrapping to support Israel amid the country’s current conflict with Hamas.
There is no evidence supporting the claim. A spokesperson for McDonald’s denied the claim’s validity in an email to Reuters.
Israel carried out an overnight ground raid on the Gaza Strip, according to its military, CBS News reported Thursday. A video of the raid has been released by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the outlet reported.
“McDonald’s changed wrapping to sport [sic] Israel,” the Facebook video’s caption purports. In the video, a female speaker shows blue and white packaging from the fast food restaurant, claiming it resembles the Israeli flag. Later, the woman visits a McDonald’s store, where she confronts a male employee about the packaging, but he denies it is linked to the current Israel-Hamas conflict. The video has received 9,000 likes as of writing.
The claim is false. Check Your Fact found no credible news reports suggesting McDonald’s changed its wrapping to show support for Israel amid the country’s current conflict with Hamas. Likewise, the claim is neither repeated on McDonald’s website nor on its verified social media accounts.
A spokesperson for McDonald’s denied the claim’s validity in an email to Reuters.
“The wrapper in the video is an example of a generic wrapper used for temporary shortages, special orders, and limited-edition products,” the spokesperson told the outlet. “Generic wrappers come in a variety of colours including blue, green, purple, and yellow, and none are intended to make any political statement,” the spokesperson added.
The current conflict between Israel and Hamas began on Oct. 7 when Hamas launched a surprise attack, according to CBS News. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) recently released footage of the attack, taken from multiple sources, including militants’ body cameras, the outlet reported. (RELATED: Video Claims To Show Pro-Palestinian Protestors Clashing With Police)
Check Your Fact has contacted a McDonald’s spokesperson for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.