Furor Over French Fries for McDonald’s in Venezuela

January 7, 2015 Updated: January 7, 2015

CARACAS, Venezuela—McDonald’s is finding itself under fire in Venezuela both for not selling French fries — and for selling them.

Hours after the Associated Press reported that McDonald’s had run out of fries at Venezuelan franchises, state-sponsored television network Telesur posted a story headlined “McDonald’s Joins Economic War against Venezuela.”

The restaurant’s franchise operator had actually avoided blaming shortages on the government, saying a U.S. labor dispute was the reason.

Dante Rivas is the government official in charge of simplifying red tape. He said on Twitter the lack of imported French fries is good, praising the domestic fried yucca McDonald’s is selling instead.

Meanwhile, President Nicolas Maduro retweeted a story about a tooth being found in an order of McDonald’s French fries in Japan.

From The Associated Press