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Six Arrested in Chinese Scandal Over Expired Meat

Chinese authorities in Shanghai have arrested six officials and employees from a subsidiary of the U.S. food supplier OSI Group in connection with the scandal involving expired meat served at a number of Western food chain franchises in China, according to Channel News Asia.

The six, who were arrested this past Friday, work for Shanghai Husi Food Co., which was found to be mixing outdated meat in with fresher supplies. The charge reportedly was “producing and selling counterfeit products.”

The company supplied food to Chinese franchise locations of big-name chains such as McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Burger King and 7-Eleven. They also supplied affected food to McDonald’s locations in Japan and Hong Kong.

China has suffered repeated food safety scandals in recent years, though this one seemed to spark a relatively higher level of public shock because Western food chains in China are generally believed to maintain higher standards of food quality and safety.

OSI is now under investigation from the Chinese government, and McDonald’s has cut ties with the company in China. Operations continue to be suspended at Shanghai Husi Food Co.

In July, Food Safety News reported that the fraudulent mixing of outdated meat may have begun more than a year ago.

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  • Charles Duncan

    If you’re planning a trip to China, Hong Kong, or Japan, eat and drink, but be wary of the meat at McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Burger King and 70Eleven.

  • Carrie Qiu

    Currently, I know McDonald only sells fish burgers, desserts and drinks in China.

  • Kevin Tilstone

    @Carrie: I do not think your statement is accurate. Though I have only in traveled in Shandong and Jiangsu since the incident, I have seen no evidence that McDonalds are restricting the range of products on sale. Indeed, it would appear from the numbers using McD restaurants, it has not done as much damage as would have been expected to sales.

    @Charles: This is probably the safest time ever to eat from the various businesses you have mentioned. OSI and their corporate partners will surely have tightened systems and vendor control in China to such an extent, none of the suppliers will dare to step one iota out of line.