Swiss Face French-Fry Shortage

Snack crisis threatened soccer tourney
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2008 3:07 AM CDT
Switzerland is importing extra potatoes to avoid a French fry shortage during the upcoming Euro 2008 soccer tournament.    (Getty Images (by Event))
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(Newser) – Switzerland faces a potato shortage just weeks before hundreds of thousands of famished European soccer fans descend on the country expecting to snack on French fries. The nation, which is co-hosting the upcoming international soccer tournament Euro 2008, is mashing the pending crisis by lifting trade barriers to import 5,000 tons of extra spuds, reports Der Spiegel.