LONDON (CBSDC) – McDonald’s, one of the main sponsors of the 2012 summer Olympics, has reportedly forced officials of the games to prohibit other participating restaurants from selling french fries.
The ban will affect approximately 800 food vendors at 40 venues throughout Britain, the Daily Mail reported.
Only restaurants serving french fries with fish – the components that make up the nation’s signature fish and chips dish – will be allowed to continue cooking them.
Other traditional British dishes that involve French fries will reportedly not be permitted, however.
Officials released a statement regarding the decision, taking blame away from other vendors and placing it squarely on the shoulders of the McDonald’s corporation.
“Due to sponsorship obligations with McDonald’s, Locog have instructed the catering team they are no longer allowed to serve chips on their own anywhere within the Olympic park,” the memo, obtained by the website, stated. “Please understand this is not the decision of the staff serving up your meals, who given the choice would gladly give [them to] you, however they are not allowed to.”
Officials additionally urge patrons not to harass the staff at affected restaurants for the ban, stating that “everyone has the right to work in a [non-abusive] environment.”