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The operator of the McDonald’s chain in Japan on Wednesday disclosed four cases of contaminated food throughout the country, fueling already-heightened food safety concerns after its Chinese supplier was reported to have sold expired chicken nuggets.
McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan) Ltd. said a human tooth was found inside a pack of french fries sold in Osaka in August. In Fukushima prefecture, a child was also slightly injured in December by a piece of hard plastic found in a chocolate sundae that was later confirmed as a part of the machine used to make the dessert.
While a third-party organization examined the tooth, the Japan unit of the world’s biggest fast food chain said it hasn’t been able to determine how it was mixed in the pack, noting there wasn’t any trace of the tooth being fried, none of the restaurant’s staff reported missing a tooth and that plant workers always wear masks.
A piece of blue vinyl was also found in a chicken nugget sold over the weekend at one of its restaurants in the northern prefecture of Aomori. A customer in Tokyo similarly found a piece of transparent vinyl when eating a nugget on Dec. 31, but an employee lost the object, the company said.