File - McDonald's Japan's new tofu products "Tofu Shinjo Nuggets" (R) and Chicken McNuggets (L) are displayed at a McDonald's restaurant in Tokyo on July 30, 2014.
AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO
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McDonald's restaurants in Japan are turning to time-honored Asian soul food – Tofu – as the chain scrambles to minimize the damage from an embarrassing tainted meat scandal in China.The rollout comes days after the firm said that its Japanese restaurants had stopped sourcing poultry products from a nugget supplier in Shanghai, in response to a scandal that saw expired meat sold to fast food giants.The disgraced factory and other Chinese distributors had supplied nearly 40 percent of the chicken used for McDonald's Japanese restaurants.A company spokeswoman said Wednesday that, despite its fortuitous timing, the Tofu offering had been in the works before China's latest food safety scandal.
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