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The Russian McDonald's Menu Was Just Dealt A Huge Blow
Vkusno & tochka ("Tasty and that's it") — the successor to McDonald's in Russia — has been forced to take fries off its menu. Per the chain, the right potatoes for making the fries are currently hard to come by, due to the previous year's bad harvest, and it’s "impossible to import from markets that could become temporary suppliers of potatoes for enterprises in Russia."
Furthermore, Russian users on the social media site Telegram have been sharing images of moldy burger buns and expired sauce packets. A Russian TV personality even took to social media, complaining, "It seems that 'Vkusno' does not exactly honor the covenants held by McDonald's. At least with regard to [the] quality of the product. ... Guys, figure it out over there, there is no need to poison people."
The chain says it has pulled the expired sauce packets, while the bun supplier has said it is trying to get to the bottom of the problem. Russia's Ministry of Agriculture has claimed, "The Russian market is fully provided with potatoes, including processed ones. In addition, the products of the new crop are already arriving, which eliminates the possibility of a shortage. According to the Potato Union, there is currently no need to import french fries."