Chinese meat supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co., which delivers food products to chain restaurants throughout the country, allegedly provided some fast food outlets with expired goods – including chicken and beef.The New York Times notes, “The program, aired on Shanghai-based Dragon TV on Sunday evening, showed hidden camera footage of workers at a meat-processing facility operated by Shanghai Husi Food using out-of-date chicken and beef to make burger patties and chicken products for McDonald’s and KFC, in some cases scooping up meat that had fallen onto the assembly line floor and throwing it back into a processing machine.”
As of July 20, The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration stopped production at the Shanghai Husi plant in China. The repackaging of more than two-week old meats were among the safety organization’s top concerns.
According to the Wall Street Journal, “Yum Brands said in a statement Sunday [July 20] on its official microblog that it halted meat orders from Shanghai Husi Food Co. for its KFC and Pizza Hut chains across the country. McDonald’s also said on its microblog Sunday [July 20] that it stopped using the supplier amid safety concerns and is investigating the company and its affiliates.”
In the past, the Yum Brands, which owns more than 6,200 fast food stores in China, has faced previous scandal regarding the apparent sale of highly processed chickens that included unnecessary amounts of antibiotics – details of which have resurfaced amid concerns that the corporation’s stores may have tainted meat.
“KFC is China’s biggest restaurant chain, with more than 4,000 outlets and plans to open 700 more this year. The company was badly hurt after state television reported in December 2013 that some poultry suppliers violated rules on drug use in chickens. Yum said KFC sales in China plunged 37 percent the following month. KFC launched an effort to tighten control over product quality and eliminated more than 1,000 small poultry producers from its supply network,” USA Today reports.