It was only a few days ago that McDonald’s Japan announced they were no longer going to import meat from China after the rotten meat scandal, and now they’ve gone one better. The fast food chain will be serving Tofu McNuggets made with onions, soybeans, carrots and minced fish. Served with a ginger-flavored sauce, the nuggets are available for the cool price of ¥249 ($2.44) for four pieces. A spokeswoman says the move is unrelated to the scandal, but we’ll let you draw your own conclusions.
On the menu as Tofu Shinjo Nuggets, the food offering gets its name from a type of Japanese food made with fish paste, starch and other ingredients. “Because it isn’t meat, it tastes a bit different. It’s a bit softer,” explained the spokeswoman. “Calorie-wise, it is a bit lower than chicken as well.” Don’t expect the nuggets to make their way over the U.S. any time soon, and if you are going on a trip to Japan, remember that they aren’t suitable for vegetarians because of the fish content.
The new tofu McNuggets will be available in more than 3,000 McDonald’s stores around Japan, but the company has already started to rebuild its chicken supply line by sourcing from Thailand. So while the nuggets might be good news for tofu lovers and health advocates, it’s unlikely they will be around forever. McDonald’s might not be renowned for its nutritional value, but at least they have proven they can react quickly and efficiently when there is a serious threat to their customers’ health.
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