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Thursday, June 10, 1999

Fast food chains not affected by product ban

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KUALA LUMPUR: The ban on European food products by the Government does not affect fast food chains in Malaysia which source supplies mainly from Australia and New Zealand.

Cosmo Restaurant Sdn Bhd, which owns six Burger King outlets in Malaysia, imports dairy products from New Zealand and a few items, like mayonnaise, from the United States, said quality assurance executive Hasfahlinda Mohamed Hassan, adding that the outlets sourced chicken locally.

To a question on the promotion by Burger King, whereby customers who buy a value meal set is entitled to a vanilla ice-cream coated in Belgium chocolate at RM1.50, she replied: "Belgium chocolate is only the name of the chocolate, it is just a marketing strategy."

"The ice-cream is produced locally by F&N Dairies and I have confirmed with the supplier that it is safe for consumption.

A call to F&N Dairies (M) Sdn Bhd confirmed that no raw material from EU was used in its production.

Domino's Pizza, which offers delivery services, is not affected either.

"It is cheaper and nearer to import from Australia or New Zealand when operating a fast food chain in South-East Asia.

"The currency exchange rate and freight charges are also lower," said Domino's general manager Alan Ang.

Golden Arches Restaurant Sdn Bhd which owns the McDonald's chain, said all McDonald's raw products do not originate from Europe.

KFC Holdings (M) Bhd, which is the franchisor of KFC and Pizza Hut chain, assured customers that all its dairy-based products are imported from Australia or New Zealand.





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