Updated: 07/25/2014 17:55 | By Agence France-Presse

McDonald's Japan halts sales, imports of chicken from China after scandal

McDonald's Japan said Friday it would stop importing chicken from China while its restaurants would stop selling the meat, following a food safety scandal that saw expired meat sold to fast food giants.


McDonald's Japan halts sales, imports of chicken from China after scandal

A pedestrian walks past a McDonald's restaurant in Tokyo, on July 23, 2014 - by Yoshikazu Tsuno

The hamburger chain said it would now source all of its chicken from Thailand in order to "address the concerns of our customers".

"We made this decision in view of the growing concern over McDonald's chicken products made in China," the Japanese unit's chief executive Sarah Casanova said in a statement.

The restaurant chain's Japanese restaurants serve eight dishes using chicken sourced from China, including Chicken McNuggets and Chicken Fillet-O.

It has more than 3,000 outlets across Japan.

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