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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

Australian to address KFC 'cabbage-gate'

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Sydney: Australia's prime minister joked he would huddle with top officials on Thursday to discuss the soaring cost of lettuce and local KFCs' decision to replace the verdant leaf with a cabbage mix on their Zinger Burgers.


Dubbing the fast-food chain's decision "crazy", centre-left leader Anthony Albanese quipped the situation had become a national "crisis".


Lettuce prices have soared by as much as 300 per cent in Australian cities thanks to recent flooding and high global fuel prices.


A single head of iceberg lettuce that once sold for about $2 now goes for close to $8 in Sydney and Melbourne.


As a result, KFC told Australian customers it would reduce the lettuce in its products in favour of a 50-50 lettuce-cabbage mix.


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