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OSI’s Shanghai unit on blacklist for 2014 Dragon TV scandal


The last word in the 2014 scandal involving the sale of expired and substandard meat by Husi Food Co. has come down from the Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration. Shanghai’s local regulator Sunday imposed fines totaling 24 million yuan — about $3.6 million — on Husi and its parent company, OSI Group LLC. Both… Continue Reading

Supplier to Yum, McDonald’s in China calls food safety convictions ‘injustices’


Before the trial of two of its Shanghai facilities and 10 employees, officials with OSI Group expressed “confidence in China’s legal system,” and said they believed the local court would “come to a fair and reasonable judgement with full respect to the facts and laws.” But Monday, after a Shanghai court convicted the two Husi Food… Continue Reading

OSI Chinese Units and Ten Employees Go On Trial in Shanghai Over Expired Meat


Two China units and ten employees of the Aurora, IL-based OSI Group have gone on trial in Shanghai over food safety violations that could result in fines, jail sentences or both. Chinese prosecutors brought charges of producing and selling sub-standard food products against the two units and ten employees in September. They stem from a… Continue Reading

2015 in Review: Animal Antibiotics


It’s difficult to summarize what happened on the animal antibiotics front this year. There were lots of pledges, lots of discussions and lots of reports, but not very many actions. Still, we still wanted to recap what happened in the 2015 regarding animal antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that antibiotic-resistant infections… Continue Reading

Coming Next Summer: Antibiotic-Free Chicken From Papa John’s


Papa John’s is the latest fast-food chain to announce plans to cut out antibiotics from its chicken production. But while McDonald’s set a two-year timeline, Chick-fil-A set a five-year timeline, and Subway was criticized for setting no timeline at all, the pizza chain is pledging to be antibiotic-free by next summer. Papa John’s will be the… Continue Reading

Hep A Vaccinations for 3,000 Cost $100,000 After NY McDonald’s Exposure


The Finger Lakes Times reported Nov. 28, 2015, that Seneca County Public Health recognized for its response to a recent Hepatitis A scare after a McDonald’s worker in Waterloo, NY, was diagnosed with the illness. The department set up clinics at Mynderse Academy and the county office building, vaccinating thousands of diners who patronized the restaurant… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Confirmed in McDonald’s Worker in New York State

McDonald's in Waterloo, NY

The Seneca County Health Department has confirmed a case of Hepatitis A in a food service worker employed at the McDonald’s outlet at 2500 Mound Rd. in Waterloo, NY. This individual worked while they may have been shedding the Hepatitis A virus and before being diagnosed with the illness, the department stated. Because of how Hepatitis A… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: It’s Antibiotic Resistance That’s Hard



Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Panera and, most recently, Subway have made public pronouncements indicating their intentions to source their poultry and meat from producers who don’t use antibiotics. The promises usually involve some time in the future, or an extended phase-in period. These announcements usually follow some noise by activists, who are guilty of greatly simplifying… Continue Reading

Report Ranks Antibiotics Policies at Fast Food Chains


Only Chipotle and Panera get an A grade on antibiotics policies and sourcing practices, and most other fast food chains fail, according to a report by the Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Keep Antibiotics Working, Consumers Union, Center for Food Safety, and Food Animal Concerns Trust. Chick-fil-a gets a B, while Dunkin’ Donuts… Continue Reading

Tyson, McDonald’s Cut Ties With TN Chicken Farm After Video Showing Abuse


Two major food corporations with well-known brands to protect have cut ties with a Tennessee chicken farm that finds itself the latest target of an animal abuse investigation by Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals. First Tyson Foods Inc., which contracted with the Tennessee farm to raise chickens, and then McDonald’s, which is supplied with chicken… Continue Reading