Japan McDonald's halts China nuggets

Customers are seen through the windows of a McDonald's store in Tokyo, while others stand in line in front of cash registers, July 22, 2014.

McDonald's Co. (Japan) said Tuesday the company on Monday stopped selling Chicken McNuggets made by a Chinese food company that is reported to have used chicken meat past expiration dates.

McDonald's said in a statement released on Tuesday that it had been importing about 20 per cent of the Chicken McNuggets it sold in Japan from Shanghai Husi Food Co.

The hamburger chain said the chicken nuggets it currently sells are made by other suppliers. In the statement, the company apologised to customers for causing trouble and inconvenience.

McDonald's said it stopped orders to Shanghai Husi Food after learning of the reported irregularities and immediately launched fact-finding inquiries into the Chinese company.