McDonalds, Yum Brands stop orders from Shanghai meat supplier

Nathan Andrada – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Shanghai, China (4E) – McDonalds and Yum Brands-owned fast food chains Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken have suspended orders from its supplier based in Shanghai that is currently under investigation for alleged selling of expired meat.

Shanghai Husi, a company owned by U.S.-based OSI Group, insists that it has a strict quality-control system and said it will cooperate with investigators, said OSI China’s general manager for deep processing Yang Liqun, according to a report by state-run Xinhua News Agency.

McDonalds has stopped getting orders from the supplier and has apologized for the incident. The company said it is now investigating Shanghai Husi and its affiliates

Yum Brands, which owns KFC and Pizza Hut franchises, said the decision could mean shortages of its products in China.

Their statements were a result of the request from the Shanghai food and drug administration.

The move by both McDonalds and Yum came following a report by Shanghai-based broadcaster Dragon TV showing Shanghai Husi Food Company was falsifying the expiry date on some of the meat packages it sold to the international fast food chains.

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