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McDonald’s Temporarily Removes Big Macs From Menus in Venezuela

The country’s humanitarian crisis continues to impact food supplies

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Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis driven by hyper inflation, crime, and political instability continues to wreak havoc on food supplies. AFP reports that McDonald’s Venezuela has temporarily removed Big Macs from its menu. In a statement to CNN, the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee Arcos Dorados confirmed that the company has faced challenges sourcing one of the signature burger’s key components — the middle bun that separates the two meat patties. The company adds:

At McDonald's Venezuela we are working to resolve this temporary situation. Together with our supplier we are evaluating the best options to allow us to continue offering quality products.

Quarter Pounders and a burger called the McNifica are still available, though fries remain scarce. Last November Fusion heralded the return of the fries to McDonald's menus in Venezuela after a 10-month absence. However, the cost of a large serving was prohibitively expensive: 800 bolivares or approximately $133 USD.

Massive shortages of goods, food, and medicine have led large numbers of Venezuelans to seek out essential supplies across the border in Colombia. Nearly 123,000 citizens flooded into the neighboring nation on July 17 when the border was temporarily opened.

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