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McDonald's Japan to ration fries as COVID and Canadian floods chip away at supplies

Christmas lights are hung above the logo outside a McDonald's restaurant in Lisbon, Dec. 14, 2021.
Christmas lights are hung above the logo outside a McDonald's restaurant in Lisbon, Dec. 14, 2021. Copyright AP Photo/Armando Franca
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The chips are down for some fast food fans in Japan.

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Fast-food chain McDonald's has announced that it will reduce its portions of fries in Japan for a week because of logistical problems related to the floods in Canada and the pandemic.

From Friday until December 30, the company's 2,900 outlets in Japan will serve only small portions of fries to avoid shortages, McDonald's Holdings Japan announced Tuesday.

Due to "major flooding near the port of Vancouver" (western Canada) and "disruptions in global supply chains related to the coronavirus pandemic, we are experiencing supply delays," it said in a statement.

The company explained it has taken this step to ensure that all consumers can order fries, despite "the difficulty in maintaining a stable supply of core ingredients".

The restrictions will be put in place as schools and businesses prepare to close for the festive season.

They will apply especially on Christmas Day when long queues usually form outside KFC, a competitor of McDonald's, whose fried chicken many Japanese associate with the holiday.

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