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China outdated meat supplier scandal hits McDonald's and KFC

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014 - 23:17 UTC
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Shanghai Husi is the Chinese unit of US-based food supplier OSI Group, which has been providing “high-quality products to McDonald's China” since 1992. Shanghai Husi is the Chinese unit of US-based food supplier OSI Group, which has been providing “high-quality products to McDonald's China” since 1992.

Chinese branches of fast food chains, including McDonald's and KFC, have stopped using meat from a supplier in Shanghai following allegations it sold them out of date meat. According to Xinhua, the state-owned news agency, authorities in Shanghai have ordered the suspension of operations at Shanghai Husi Food Co.

 Reports by local media said that Husi had re-processed expired meat products. McDonald's and KFC said they had stopped using meat from Husi.

In a statement posted on its website, translated from Mandarin, the Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration said it had “decided to investigate claims of the alleged use of expired raw food material production and the processing of it in food”.

Shanghai Husi is the Chinese unit of US-based food supplier OSI Group. According to OSI's website, the company's unit in China “started to provide high-quality products to McDonald's China” in 1992.

The unit began supplying Yum China in 2008. Yum China manages the KFC and Pizza Hut chains and its sales have been hit by recent health scares.

Yum's sales dipped after a report in 2012 said two of its suppliers were providing chickens with excessive levels of antibiotics. Just as the firm was recovering from those allegations, fears of an outbreak of bird flu in the country dented its sales.

Benjamin Cavender from consultancy China Market Research Group, based in Shanghai said: “Yum has just started rebuilding credibility and had some decent sales which just came out for the second quarter.

”I think this is really going to set them back.”

According to figures from research firm Euromonitor, McDonald's and Yum are the two leading fast food chains in China, based on sales.

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  • ChrisR

    As long as they keep the crap over there WGAF?

    Jul 23rd, 2014 - 12:04 pm 0
  • ilsen

    Tobi?
    What is going on? You must have some insight?
    Tobi? Nostril?

    Jul 23rd, 2014 - 04:03 pm 0
  • Jack Bauer

    It's no surprise that a lot of the strange diseases that have caused epidemics around the world, in recent years, originated in China. Seems that their concept of higiene is somewhat different to that of the 'west'......besides the fact that quality of most stuff they produce for export, is pretty crappy. They have become rich by selling their cheap shit to the world that no longer seems interested in good quality.

    Jul 24th, 2014 - 06:25 pm 0
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