China food scandal spreads
by Meat&Poultry Staff
SHANGHAI, China – Burger King, Starbucks and Papa John's are the latest fast-casual chains to be caught up in a food-safety scare in China, according to news reports.
Chinese authorities with the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration shuttered a meat-processing plant run by Shanghai HUSI Food Co. Ltd. after a television report showed workers picking up meat from the plant floor and mixing fresh meat with expired meat. The plant is a local subsidiary of Aurora, Ill.-based OSI Group LLC.
In Japan, McDonald's said HUSI supplied 20 percent of the meat for the chain's Chicken McNuggets, The Associated Press reported. HUSI Food also supplied meat to KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants, which are owned by Yum! Brands Inc.
Burger King, Papa John's, Yum and McDonald's have suspended meat purchases from HUSI Food, and remaining food products were removed from the restaurants.