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Outrage after McDonald's says tamales are 'a thing of the past,' apology issued

A McDonald's restaurant sign is seen in Tonawanda, N.Y., Monday, April 21, 2008.  McDonald's Corp. said Tuesday that its first-quarter profit rose 24 percent as the fast food company benefited from the weak U.S. dollar and strong global sales. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

A McDonald's restaurant sign is seen in Tonawanda, N.Y., Monday, April 21, 2008. McDonald's Corp. said Tuesday that its first-quarter profit rose 24 percent as the fast food company benefited from the weak U.S. dollar and strong global sales. (AP Photo/David Duprey)  (AP2008)

A McDonald's Corp. subsidiary in Mexico is apologizing for a Facebook post that was seen as trashing tamales, Mexico's corn-dough treat.

A statement posted Tuesday on the McDonald's Mexico website said: "It was never the intention of McDonald's Mexico to disrespect traditions or traditional Mexican foods like tamales."

The original tamale post came on Monday's Candelaria day holiday, when tamales are traditionally eaten. Tamales are usually wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves.

The post said roughly, "tamales are a thing of the past. The McBurrito also comes wrapped."

McDonald's wrote "we apologize to those who might have been offended by the publication, which has been withdrawn from our social media."

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