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Meat Supplier OSI Group in China Scandal Has Global Reach

It isn't a household name, but the company at the center of a food scandal in China helps make some of the world's most popular foods, including the Big Macs and Quarter Pounders served at McDonald's locations. OSI Group, based in Aurora, Illinois, was thrust into the spotlight when a Chinese TV station reported that one of its Shanghai plants repackaged old beef and chicken and slapped new expiration dates on them. None of OSI's more than 50 other plants around the world has been implicated, and CEO Sheldon Lavin said in a statement that authorities in China have found no issues at its other facilities. He called what happened at the Shanghai location "completely unacceptable." The scandal is a blemish for OSI (pronounced OH-see), which began as a family-run meat market in 1909 and prides itself on its high standards. Its business took off after Ray Kroc tapped it in the 1950s to be a beef supplier for McDonald's.

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