TOKYO Aug 21 McDonald's Holdings Co (Japan) Ltd
said it had not placed any orders to import chicken
from Charoen Pokphand Foods Pcl (CPF) a few days after
senior officials at Thailand's biggest meat and animal feed
producer told Reuters they had received such orders.
"It is not true that we have placed any orders with CPF,"
McDonald's Japan spokesman Takashi Hasegawa said on Thursday.
He said the company had a sufficient supply of chicken meat
despite halting all imports from China after revelations of food
safety breaches at its main supplier there.
McDonald's Japan said last month it would source all of its
chicken meat from its two existing suppliers in Thailand, McKey
Foods Services (Thailand) Ltd and Cargill Thailand.
CPF chief executive Adirek Sripratak told Reuters in an
interview this week that his company was contacted by McDonald's
Japan because its main supplier, McKey Foods Services (Thailand)
Ltd, was unable to meet demand.
McKey is partly owned by GFPT, a rival of CPF.
Asked about McDonald's Japan denial of the orders, Pisit
Ohmpornnuwat, CPF's chief operating officer for overseas
trading, told Reuters on Thursday that the volume of orders "had
been worked out".
An industry source, who declined to be identified because he
was not authorised to speak to the media, said separately that
McDonald's Japan had reached out to CPF and other chicken
exporters in Thailand late last month to secure supplies.
McDonald's Japan said last month it was considering sourcing
some meat from Brazil, while adding that McKey and Cargill had
enough capacity to handle its demand.
(Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim in TOKYO and Khettiya Jittapong in
BANGKOK; Editing by Miral Fahmy)