Saturday, November 29, 2014   

Food supplier locked down after scandal
(07-22 19:02)

Local authorities in China have rushed to seal up suspicious meat products in fast food chains, including McDonald's and KFC, after one of their suppliers was accused of selling stale meat.
The move came in response to media and public outcry after a Shanghai TV station exposed Shanghai Husi Food Co., Ltd., a supplier to a string of fast food brands, including McDonald's and Yum Brands Inc., for selling adulterated products with rotten meat and meat beyond its expiration date, Xinhua reports.
The expose prompted Shanghai authorities to suspend production at Shanghai Husi, a unit of US-based OSI Group, on Sunday, while cities and provinces across China on Monday moved to seal Husi supplies at local fast food chains.
The food and drug administration of Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, sealed 9.6 tonnes of Husi products at warehouses and outlets of McDonald's, KFC and Dicos, a Chinese chain owned by Taiwan's Ting Hsin International Group.
Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, also sealed 1.77 tonnes of beef steaks and over 6 tonnes of chicken and pork products at KFC and Pizza Hut, both under Yum Brands, as well as McDonald's.
Officials in the two cities said the chains had voluntarily stopped selling the affected products and sealed their Husi supplies after the scandal broke out.
Other provincial-level regions, including Guangdong, Guangxi and Inner Mongolia, have also reported sealing the products and ordered companies to stop selling products supplied by Husi.
McDonald's said some of its restaurants might face a supply shortage in a statement released on Monday.
Shanghai-based Dragon TV aired a news program on Sunday exposing malpractice at Shanghai Husi.
It was another blow to Western fast food chains such as McDonald's and KFC, which have been implicated in a number of food safety scandals involving suppliers over the years.
China Food and Drug Administration on Monday ordered local authorities to investigate all food factories with investment from OSI Group in the provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Henan, Guangdong and Yunnan.   
Other China breaking news:
Activist for media freedom standing trial (11-28 17:44)
More than 500 lawyers sign protest letter at new law (11-28 17:43)
Guizhou coal mine explosion kills 11: Xinhua (11-27 14:52)
China drafts first domestic violence law (11-26 18:53)
Coal mine fire kills 26 in Liaoning: Xinhua (11-26 17:58)
China asks US for help in hunting down fugitives (11-26 15:56)
China blasts US comments on island project as 'irresponsible' (11-24 17:06)
Sichuan quake death toll rises to five (11-24 11:35)
Island project in disputed waters 'justifiable': general (11-24 11:21)
Uighur scholar's appeal rejected against life sentence (11-21 18:38)

More breaking news >>

© 2014 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts

 


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.