Not so Yummy! McDonald's and Yum Brands-owned KFC and Pizza Hut face a food safety scare in China after a Shanghai TV station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken. The companies said they immediately stopped using meat from the supplier, Husi Food Co., Ltd. The Shanghai office of China's food and drug agency said it was investigating and told customers to suspend use of the supplier's products. Dragon TV said Sunday that Husi, owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois, repackaged old beef and chicken and put new expiration dates on them. It said they were sold to McDonald's, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants. McDonald's and Yum Brands said they were conducting their own investigations. 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 last December that some poultry suppliers violated rules on drug use in chickens. Yum said KFC sales in China plunged 37 percent the following month.
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- The Associated Press
First published July 21 2014, 7:58 AM