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McDonalds Japan Losing its teeth?

Looks like you may find some unwelcome surprises in your burger or chicken nuggets if you choose to eat at a McDonalds on your holiday in Japan. The global giant company is struggling to come back from 6 years of downturn in its businesses there, and looks set to actually post a corporate loss this year

McDonalds Japan faces big challenges. They've had several scandals involving their suppliers. They recently changed their sources of meat from China to Thailand after their Chinese supplier sold expired meat to them. That became a huge scandal,and tends to leave a lasting impression with customers.

Then they had to ration customers to small sizes of fries only, because of a North American West Coast labor dispute. They had to bite the bullet and air ship emergency supplies of fries into Japan, because of the furor.

Now after changing to a Thailand supplier news comes of chicken nuggets containing plastic bits in them. So far there are two known complaints of this.

In August last year a customer was surprised to discover a tooth embedded in one of his french fries.

In December a small child cut his mouth on a piece of vinyl in a chocolate sundae.

I'd heard that the McDonald's Japan had a "different" menu.

suis Charlie


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VinceSummers wrote on January 8, 2015, 10:18 AM

You are name Charlie? What gives with that?

Vickiw wrote on January 8, 2015, 10:20 AM

I'm supporting the murdered cartoonist in France. Supporting free speech. Its the way to do it.

Feisty56 wrote on January 8, 2015, 10:41 AM

The gravy train for McDonalds is sputtering down the tracks these days. It seems that being the ubiquitous symbol for fast food, once a guarantee of success, is now having a downside.

Koalemos wrote on January 8, 2015, 11:39 AM

I only ever use McDonalds here in England for buying coffee and always avoid such places when travelling abroad. I see no point in flying abroad to eat at a mcDonalds.

FreyaYuki wrote on January 8, 2015, 11:52 AM

This is terrible news for the customers of McDonald's Japan. Imagine finding a tooth in your french fries or seeing plastic bits in your chicken nuggets? That's disgusting. Guess those people sued?

Vickiw wrote on January 8, 2015, 1:13 PM

Yes, it does seem that way. It was once known not for its great food, but for its uniformity.

Vickiw wrote on January 8, 2015, 1:15 PM

One of my male friends always has coffee at McDonalds. He swears by it, but like you, he doesn't eat there!

Vickiw wrote on January 8, 2015, 1:17 PM

I haven't seen any reporting of that. I think I if it was here in North America they would! Remember the case where someone sued because their coffee was too hot?

Koalemos wrote on January 9, 2015, 4:36 AM

The coffee at McDonalds is very good and quite reasonably priced.

Vickiw wrote on January 10, 2015, 10:16 AM

Thanks for coming here , and I feel quite sick at the thought of it. It's been years since I went to one of them!

Kasman wrote on January 10, 2015, 11:10 AM

Mickey D isn't my favourite 'restaurant' by a long way but I wish them no harm - they employ a lot of people worldwide. We are all Charlie.

Vickiw wrote on January 10, 2015, 12:09 PM

That's true. All of it. Thanks my friend.

arthurchappell wrote on January 11, 2015, 4:43 PM

I never eat at MacDonalds on principle - such stories do not surprise me

Vickiw wrote on January 11, 2015, 4:49 PM

I understand. Anyone who has seen the documentary about it would think twice, or more about the company.

trufflehunter wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:55 PM

Good grief. Japan has always prided itself on quality food but I guess nowadays you cannot be too sure.

Vickiw wrote on January 12, 2015, 4:03 PM

Well, probably the incidents happened because of food being outsourced in fairly suspect supplier countries! It is awful though.