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Burger King’s new ‘Moldy Whopper’ ad is turning heads and churning stomachs

Would you like fries with that?

Burger King announced on February 19, 2020 they are no longer using artificial preservatives in the Whopper.
Burger King announced on Feb. 19, 2020, that it is no longer using artificial preservatives in the Whopper.
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There’s nothing quite like old, decaying and rotting food to whet the appetite — or so say ad executives at Burger King.

In a strange new ad titled “The Moldy Whopper,” Burger King announced plans to remove artificial preservatives from its famous Whopper burger.

The video shows a 34-day time-lapse of a Whopper, demonstrating its groundbreaking new talent: growing mold and fungus.

The new preservative-free Whopper is already being sold at 400 Burger King locations and will be available at all national locations by the end of the year, CNBC reports. The Washington Post reports Burger King is also removing 90% of the artificial coloring, flavoring and preservatives, as well as all MSG and high-fructose corn syrup from all its products.

While the ad highlights “The beauty of no artificial preservatives,” not everyone agrees, calling the image disgusting and even comparing it to the dangerously gross burger from “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

Others are calling the Moldy Whopper campaign brave, and even genius.

Fernando Machado, the chief marketing officer at Burger King’s parent company Restaurant Brands International, told USA Today that brand executives wanted the ad to stand out.

“The beauty of real food is that it gets ugly,” Machado said.