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China Meat Scandal Spreads to Starbucks, Burger King

A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King, and spread to McDonald's in Japan.
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/ Source: The Associated Press

BEIJING — A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan, where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets. A day after Husi Food Co.'s food processing plant in Shanghai was sealed by the China Food and Drug Administration, the agency said Tuesday that inspectors also will look at its facilities and meat sources in five provinces in central, eastern and southern China. Starbucks said it removed from its shelves sandwiches made with chicken that originated at Husi, which is owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois. Burger King said it stopped using hamburger it received from a supplier that used product from Husi. Pizza restaurant chain Papa John's International announced it stopped using meat from Husi. In Japan, McDonald's said it stopped selling McNuggets at more than 1,300 outlets that used chicken supplied by Husi. "Our company management believes this to be an isolated event, but takes full responsibility for the situation and will take appropriate actions swiftly and comprehensively,” Husi said.

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-The Associated Press