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Another Scandal Hits Fast Food Chains In China, Japan

A news report shows McDonald's and Yum! Brands' meat supplier processing expired meat and food that fell on the factory floor.

Factory workers put chicken meat on an assembly line for processing.

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Dragon TV aired the report Sunday, and both brands have since publicly apologized to customers.

Another Scandal

Fast food in China was sent reeling after a television news report exposed meat suppliers mixing fresh meat with expired meat and picking up meat off of the floor, all while processing goods for Chinese McDonald’s and KFC restaurants.

Dragon TV aired the report Sunday, and both brands have since publicly apologized to customers.

Supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co., owned by the OSI Group out of Aurora, Illinois, has been shuttered during the investigation. McDonald’s and Yum! Brands, parent company of KFC, have said they will stop partnering with the supplier.

Yum! Brands is still recovering from another scandal involving claims of excessive antibiotics in the chicken sold in their Chinese KFCs.

Worldwide Problem?

Shanghai Husi also supplied many big-name chains in Japan, like Starbucks and Burger King in addition to McDonald’s and KFC.

A Tokyo-based spokesperson for McDonald’s confirmed that one fifth of their chicken nuggets came from Shanghai Husi, while Starbucks outlets confirmed they had previously sold chicken supplied by the company.

Read More:

  • McDonald’s, KFC in China Face New Food Scandal (ABC News)
  • McDonald’s and KRC Caught in China’s Latest Food-Quality Scandal (BloombergBusinessweek)
  • China food scandal spreads, drags in Starbucks, Burger King and McNuggets in Japan (Reuters)
  • Meat scandal engulfs Starbucks and Burger King in China (The Guardian)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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