McDonald's in South Korea halts sales of bulgogi burger after customers fall ill

Sales of McDonald's Korea's bulgogi burgers have been halted.
Sales of McDonald's Korea's bulgogi burgers have been halted. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM MCDONALD'S WEBSITE

SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - McDonald's in South Korea halted sales of its bulgogi burgers on Saturday (Sept 2), after a group of customers showed symptoms of enteritis after having the burger at a branch in Jeonju, south-western Korea.

Seven grade school students and a teacher who ate bulgogi burgers on Aug 25 reportedly suffered stomachaches and high fever.

Following the incident, McDonald's Korea said would temporarily take the iconic Korean burgers off the menu and cooperate with the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in determining the exact cause of the sickness among consumers.

"The decision to halt the sales of bulgogi burgers is a pre-emptive action while waiting for the MFDS examination results to come out. McDonald's Korea wishes the affected customers a quick recovery," the company said in a press release.

The latest incident follows complaints in July filed against the American fast-food chain over undercooked hamburger patties, which allegedly caused at least one girl to become ill.