In its latest move to counter sluggish sales and answer a growing chorus of criticism of its food, McDonald's plans to introduce a hamburger that is lower in fat.
The new hamburger, which the company announced today, would be the first such product to be available nationwide at any fast-food chain.
The low-fat burger, which in test marketing has been called the McLean Deluxe, uses a new process that substitutes water for some of the fat.
The sandwich, offered in addition to McDonald's other burgers, would have about half the fat of the company's large hamburgers, such as the Quarter Pounder. Other low-fat "burgers" that have been marketed were made of beef substitutes like soybeans; this is the first to use beef.