Guide To Which Country Serves Gluten-Free McDonalds French Fries


In a follow up to our post McDonalds Gluten-Free Burgers we have discovered further variation between that most simple of things the humble McDonalds French Fries. To clear up a lot of confusion about which countries serve gluten-free fries we have provided this guide.

What is surprising that although you would think they would be standardized around the world in some countries there are upto 19 ingredients listed making up the french fries.

So here is the McDonalds French Fry Gluten-free Guide By Country

USA – Not Gluten-Free

From McDonalds: Considering the popularity of our World Famous Fries, there’s a lot of care that goes into perfecting them.


It should come as no surprise the primary ingredient for our World Famous Fries is a great tasting potato, including a variety of Shepody, Ranger Russet, Umatilla Russet and Russet Burbank. For their signature golden look, we add dextrose — a natural form of sugar that helps give the fries their perfect golden color. Sodium acid pyrophosphate is also added to keep the potatoes from turning gray after freezing and before they are cooked at the restaurant. This is a natural occurrence in potatoes, similar to how an apple might turn brown after being cut. In order to maintain texture, our suppliers partially fry our fries in an oil blend containing canola, soybean and hydrogenated soybean oil. Our suppliers add natural beef flavor, which includes hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk, to the par fry oil to contribute to that World Famous Fry taste. Citric acid is also added to preserve the freshness of the oil, as well as dimethylpolysiloxane to reduce foaming and oil splattering.

In our restaurants, we finish frying with an oil blend that contains canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, as well as citric acid, dimethylpolysiloxane and TBHQ. TBHQ is an antioxidant that also acts as a preservative, allowing the oil to remain fresh from the supplier all the way to the restaurant.

The McDonalds website lists the ingredients as:

Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [Wheat and Milk Derivatives]*), Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (Maintain Color), Salt. *Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients.Contains: WHEAT, MILK. ***NOTICE CONTAINS WHEAT***


UK & Ireland – Gluten-free

From McDonalds Uk website: In the UK we do not use the same ingredients for our Fries as in the USA.

The ingredient information on our website is correct – our Fries contain just Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (a blend of Sunflower and Rapeseed) and Dextrose (predominantly added at the beginning of the potato season). Our Fries are prepared in the restaurants using a non-hydrogenated vegetable oil and only a sprinkling of salt is added after cooking.

N.B. Please note our Fries can be cooked in the same oil as the Spicy Veggie Patty and during promotions with Potato Wedges.

The Spicy Veggie Patty Ingredients are: Chickpeas (30%), Breadcrumbs (Rice Flour, Gram Flour, Maize Starch, Salt, Rapeseed Oil, Emulsifier (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Dextrose), Onion (11%), Water, Yellow Split Peas (8%), Potato (7%), Sunflower Oil, Dehydrated Potato, Maize Flour, Maize Starch, Rapeseed Oil, Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Cumin, Sugar, Salt, Coriander Leaf, Garlic Powder, Garlic Puree, Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum), Colour (Paprika Extract).

Canada – Not Gluten-free

As is the case with the USA McDonalds Canada website lists the ingredients as:

Potatoes, canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, safflower oil, natural flavour (vegetable source), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain colour), citric acid (preservative), dimethylpolysiloxane (antifoaming agent), cooked in vegetable oil (canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil (TBHQ), citric acid, dimethylpolysiloxane).

However McDonalds Canada do not put on their ingredients “Contains Wheat”.

Thoughtfully McDonalds Canada have put together this video outlining how their fries are produced:

Australia – Gluten-free

From McDonalds: We like our fries and hash browns fluffy on the inside, crunchy on the outside. That’s why we use potato varieties like Russet Burbank, Shepody and Russet Ranger.

McDonalds French Fries Ingredients: Potato, Canola Oil, Mineral Salt (450), Dextrose, Antifoam (1521)  Potatoes, Canola Oil (Antioxidant 307) Dextrose, Mineral Salt (450), Antifoam (Secondary fatty alcohol, ethoxylated and propoxylated) 366 286 5.8 4.6 Note: Fries are cooked in canola oil blend, salt added.

Food Sensitivities and Preferences  – No food items are sold as allergen free. As we operate working kitchens please be aware that there is always a risk that traces of allergens may be transferred to ingredients during storage or preparation of food in our kitchens. McDonald’s Restaurants are therefore unable to guarantee that any food item sold is free from traces of allergens. No food items are certified as vegetarian. Whilst some ingredients may not contain animal ingredients, we cannot guarantee that there will be no cross contact with ingredients that do contain animal ingredients in our kitchens.

New Zealand – Not Gluten Free

Whilst the Fries themselves do not contain gluten or wheat products it would appear that they do not use dedicated fryers see below.


From McDonalds New Zealand Ingredients: Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil), Dextrose (Corn), Acidity Regulator (450), Antifoam (900a)

French Fries may be cooked in the same vat as products containing gluten

Note: French Fries are cooked in McDonald’s Vegetable Oil blend, salt added.

France – Not Gluten-free

From McDonalds France website: The potatoes used for our French fries are 100% French. The potatoes for our French fries are grown in France. McDonald’s uses varieties like Santana or the Innovator whose long tubers make it possible to have long fries. In restaurant, they are cooked in a vegetable oil composed of colza and sunflower for fries always crisp.

Whilst they do not seem to list all the ingredients separately this picture from their website clearly shows their french fries contain wheat

Spain – Gluten-free

From McDonalds Spain website: Fried with vegetable oil, tasty and golden, served with ketchup or mustard. Available in three sizes: Small, medium and large.

They do not list their fries ingredients but the picture below confirms they are in fact gluten-free.

Italy – Gluten-free

From McDonalds Italy website: are the real stars of our restaurants.
Long, crispy and golden, we prepare them with potatoes from white paste and cook in vegetable oil.
You can accompany them with ketchup, mayonnaise or flavored sauce. And you can choose them in regular size, medium or large.

They do not list their fries ingredients but the picture below confirms they are in fact gluten-free.

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  2. Sandra

    May 6, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Mc Donald fries gluten free

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