Authorities have shut an OSI Group factory
in Shanghai after reports of expired meat being supplied.
The Shanghai Husi Food Co factory – a supplier
to companies including Yum Brands (owner of brands including KFC and Pizza Hut)
and McDonald’s – was reported by a Shanghai TV station to be selling
out-of-date meat. The factory is also claimed to have deliberately misled McDonald’s inspectors.
It was claimed in the original story on Dragon TV that fresh meat had been mixed with expired meat.
AFP reports that the Shanghai Food and Drug
Administration closed the plant, confiscated products claimed to be
out-of-date, and are investigating the allegations.
OSI Group released a statement saying it
was appalled, and has “formed an investigation team, is fully cooperating with inspections being conducted by relevant, supervising government agencies, and is also conducting its own internal review.”
The Illinois, US-based OSI has almost 60
food manufacturing facilities around the world, according to Reuters.
This is the latest food safety scandal to hit China, following the 2008 melamine disaster and the detention of hundreds last year after a three-month investigation.
Image: South China Morning Post