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McDonald's Japan pulls profit forecast after China meat scandal

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McDonald's Japan pulls profit forecast

After so many years of successful business in Japan, it should be ok for the time being to operate on basis of "No Profit No Loss !"

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If they want to find the root cause of why this Chinese factory tried to cut corners, I would point to the big 100 yen menu behind the CEO in the photos. At that price, you are never going to get quality ingredients.

To be honest, the fact that it was expired probably only impacted the quality of the meat slightly compared to how low it already was.

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McDonald's Japan pulls profit forecast after China meat scandal

OUCH. And Japanese consumers are not quick to forget or forgive. Besides the lost sales, McDonald's will have to spend a ton on promotions to get people to buy their chicken products again.

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It is very understandable that no one doesn't feel like eating any after seeing incredible video.

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McD Japan was not performing well lately and it will be interesting to see how they recover from this.

I fully agree with M3M3M3 . The supplier was definitely not right in their actions, but too many retail giants push the suppliers to the max. They always want to have the lowest price which in many cases may result in lower quality.

The economy is only going to fully recover when we start to see real prices rise in the market. As a consumer, I don't want this but it needs to happen in order for companies to sustain business while keeping quality and service at top standards.

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I wonder where's the meat from in mosbergers. Surely not "made in Japan". Nothing's made in Japan anymore...

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My heart breaks for Mc Ds, i hope the coffee is safe, but im worred about the sorce now.

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This is gonna really hurt Maccas here, they've been performing poorly here even before this scandal

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"Funny" how all those online videos and documentaries about farm animal living conditions have less effect than that leaked clip from China. The meat in that burger may never have seen sunshine. It was produced in factories designed to produce more, faster, cut costs and increase profit. It wasn't prepared by farmers and chefs, but by young, unskilled and low paid workers, who get punished for being too slow or for losing a "useable" piece, but not for endangering someone's health.

I'm not vegetarian, but I never considered fast food to be safe or nutritious. Happy to pay more for supermarket meat I can trace to a more local source, spend my time cooking it by myself.

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You get what you pay for, mostly --except the cheap food at very expensive prices scandal at hotels and restaurants this year-- how can you honestly expect anything but the lowest of motivation by workers who I dare not even think how much money they are on an hour. You get what you pay for. In Europe, the cheapest burgers found to made from horse meat, rotting horse meat, it happens everywhere money is being made on the cheapest of 'food'.

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Not even good enough for McDonalds. Ouch!

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Japanese consumers are not quick to forget or forgive

Uh, no. Think Akafuku or Shiroikoibito.

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the long lines outside my mackers during lunch seems to disprove the notion that the company is in trouble.

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OUCH. And Japanese consumers are not quick to forget or forgive.

Unless they are a Japanese company and then they are more than happy to look the other way. It has been less than a year since the top was blown off the hotel industry and their lies. There have been so many food cover ups, lies and scandals here that the public HAS forgiven. The fact that this is a Chinese thing IS the sticking point.

I have no idea why anyone is shocked at the video and all of this. Did people really think their 100 yen hamburger was made from great cuts of beef that were lovingly looked after?? You get what you pay for and this really is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the gross things that happen in the food industry.

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Hmm. Mixed feelings on the whole "you get what you pay for" slogan. Although that statement is most obviously true, the fact that it's true makes me wonder: does that mean only wealthy people get safe food, and the rest of everyone else doesn't matter? Quality is welcome to have itself a high, mid and low scale. But if someone is selling a food product to someone for money, that product must at least be safe, regardless of what was paid. Quality and safety are NOT mutually exclusive. It's important not to confuse the two.

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Nothing McDonald's sells can be labelled "food". It's pure rubbish made from the suffering of millions of animals.

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@Nightshade, The gap between suspiciously cheap fast food and home-made meals, or even local restaurants isn't so big. Most people eating at fast food joints are not poor, they eat there as convenience and spend their money on entertainment. It's a case of food culture.

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Hmm. Mixed feelings on the whole "you get what you pay for" slogan. Although that statement is most obviously true, the fact that it's true makes me wonder: does that mean only wealthy people get safe food, and the rest of everyone else doesn't matter? Quality is welcome to have itself a high, mid and low scale. But if someone is selling a food product to someone for money, that product must at least be safe, regardless of what was paid. Quality and safety are NOT mutually exclusive. It's important not to confuse the two.

No one is suggesting only the wealthy get "safe" food but anyone buying this crap, at the prices they sell things for, really can't expect good quality food. I'd even question "safe" because really, do people expect the freshest quality if they are paying 100 yen for a burger being sold from a place that promises it to you in less than 90 seconds? A huge chance that corners will be cut that leads to questionable food safety.

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"In 2008, 10 people in Japan suffered pesticide poisoning after eating dumplings imported from China, and earlier this year a Chinese factory worker was jailed for life for the crime."

Was this one factory worker solely responsible for this?

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