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…

KFC China, a unit of Yum! Brands Inc., has sued three Chinese online companies for allegedly spreading false rumors that the chain used chickens with six wings and eight legs in its products and that maggots were included with a delivery order. The company claims that such rumors and accompanying photos had been spread via…

China’s Dragon TV has thrust a Chicago-area meat supplier into the arms of its crisis communications team with public apologies and promises for quick corrective action. But Aurora, IL-based OSI Group could not act fast enough to stop McDonald’s and Yum! Brands Inc.’s KFC from cutting business ties with its Shanghai Husi Food Co. Ltd.…

Government plans to strengthen laws, combined with dramatic increases in private spending, especially by Western companies, may signal the emergence of a “belt and suspenders” approach to finally making food safety a reality for China’s 1 million food producers. Walmart, which is No. 9 among China’s top retailers, will triple its food safety spending after…

China’s food safety investigation into antibiotics found in chickens served by Yum Brands didn’t result in any fines or other enforcement action. That’s the good news. The bad news for Yum Brands is that recovery is going to take longer than the company predicted and it’s going to put a longer squeeze on profits than…

Supply chain failures, first in China and now in Canada, might have Yum! Brands CEO David Novak singing that old Frank Sinatra song about “riding high in April, shot down in May.’” Novak, also a motivational speaker and author, was coming off a year that saw a book published not long after being named as…