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McDonald's calls off fry rationing in Japan

Posted Dec 27, 2014 by Nathan Salant
Large and extra-large orders of McDonald's french fries will be back next month on restaurant menus in Japan, the company announced Friday.
MENU: A McDonald s restaurant in Setagaya-ku  Tokyo  Japan.
MENU: A McDonald's restaurant in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
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McDonald's Corp. said it has resolved frozen potato shipping problems that had forced the company to restrict customers in Japan from buying larger or extra-large servings of the fried treat at its more than 3,000 outlets in the Pacific country.
All sizes of french fries will be back at restaurants in Japan by Jan. 5, 2015, according to Cable News Network (CNN).
We apologize to customers for the inconvenience,” the company said in a statement reported by the Washington Post newspaper.
""We will continue to monitor the situation carefully to do our best to ensure stable supply of potato products," the company said.
McDonald's blamed the shortage on labor problems in West Coast ports in the United States.
The company imports all the frozen potato products it serves in Japan, because domestically grown Japanese potatoes are primarily eaten fresh, according to NBC news.
McDonald's responded to the shortage by increasing shipments of fries from the U.S. East Coast and by recommending its customers in Japan add chicken nuggets to their orders at a discount price, NBC said.
“This is a measure we've decided to take because we might run out of fries," a company official said.
McDonald's operates more than 30,000 restaurants worldwide.