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(Scroll down for video) As the French fries shortage intensifies in Japan, McDonald's announced that it is limiting the amount of fries customers can purchase at its stores in Japan.
McDonald’s on Wednesday, began limiting the portions of French fries in all their 3,200 stores to the smallest of the usual three sizes, blaming the shortage on the United States.
The problem has also affected other restaurant chains, as a worker dispute on the west coast of the United States, has resonated across the Pacific Ocean.
McDonald’s apologized to its customers in Japan.
Japan is the second largest market for McDonald’s after the United States, and the scarcity of French fries comes on the heels of other more serious problems with its supply chain.
Earlier this year, Chicken McNuggets had to be taken off the menu after a supplier in China, was found to have sold expired meat.
Many customers have avoided the chain ever since.
Although McDonald’s is selling only the smallest size of French fries, there is no limit to the amount of small portions a customer can order.
The shortage of potatoes is due to a labor dispute at 29 seaports in the United States.
McDonald’s said that it had taken some emergency measures to alleviate the shortage, including receiving 1,000 tons of frozen French fries by air and another 1,600 tons of French fries, which will be sent out from the east coast of the United States.