Dec 26, 2014

McDonald's Japan announces French fry fix

McDonald’s Co. (Japan) said Friday that large servings of French fries will resume on Jan. 5 thanks to a recovery in its inventory. The company started limiting orders to small servings nationwide on Dec. 17 after a port workers’ strike on the U.S. West ...

McDonald's turns outlet into 'Yokai Watch' hamburger joint

Oct 30, 2014

McDonald's turns outlet into 'Yokai Watch' hamburger joint

McDonald’s Co. (Japan) has decked out an outlet in Tokyo’s Odaiba district to make it look like a hamburger shop that appears in the megahit “Yokai Watch” anime and game series. The special decor, which will remain in place until Nov. 11, features scores ...

Oct 8, 2014

McDonald's Japan warns of first net loss in 11 years

McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan) said it will swing into the red for the first time in 11 years this year after sales suffered in the midst of a scandal involving expired meat used by a Chinese supplier. The company now expects to incur a ...

Aug 8, 2014

Food safety without borders

Recent revelations that a food maker in Shanghai supplied fast-food and retail chains, including some in Japan, with expired and moldy meat came as another reminder that the issue of food safety does not stop at national borders.

Aug 7, 2014

No evidence that spoiled meat made it to Japan, China claims

An ongoing investigation into the food safety scandal that hit several popular fast-food chains last month has uncovered no evidence that spoiled meat made it to Japan, Chinese food safety regulators told their Japanese counterparts Wednesday in Beijing. Chinese investigators made the assessment after ...

China meat supplier probe hurting McDonald's sales

Aug 5, 2014

China meat supplier probe hurting McDonald's sales

McDonald’s Corp., poised to resume selling beef and chicken in China this week after a supplier was accused of repackaging old meat, says the matter is hurting the chain’s results in Asia. McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan) said its sales in July fell 17.4 percent ...

Aug 5, 2014

Japan, China eye meeting over food safety this month

The Japanese and Chinese governments are making preparations to hold a working-level meeting on food safety later this month in light of a recent scandal over expired chicken meat provided by a Chinese producer, Japanese government sources said Monday. Aside from the content of ...

Aug 4, 2014

China police holding six in tainted meat scandal: Xinhua

Police in China have detained six executives of a meat supply company at the center of the latest food safety scare to hit the country, state media reported on Sunday. Shanghai’s chief of police and deputy mayor, Bai Shaokang, told local radio that the ...

Fast-food follies have media in a frenzy

| Aug 2, 2014

Fast-food follies have media in a frenzy

by Mark Schreiber

Almost exactly a year ago (on July 27, 2013), this column reported on how the print media was inundated with concerns over the safety of foods from abroad. Among the sources cited was Takarajima magazine, which quoted a foodstuffs importer as saying, “The decline ...

Jul 29, 2014

McDonald's Japan pulls profit forecast after China meat scandal

McDonald’s Co. (Japan) pulled its profit forecast for the year Tuesday while acknowledging that the “appalling” tainted meat scandal at a Chinese supplier will dent its finances. The head of the fast-food chain’s Japanese unit issued a televised apology after halting sales of products ...

Jul 29, 2014

Break by McDonald's from China making others in Japan nervous

The decision last Friday by McDonald’s Co. (Japan) to halt sales of all chicken products made from meat from China came as a shock to other restaurant operators and retailers in Japan that use products from China. The fast-food giant made the decision amid ...