Fast-food chains McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut have suspended orders from a Shanghai-based supplier after allegations that the company was using rotten meat to make fast-food products.
McDonald’s and Yum Brands, the owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut franchises, said they had stopped sourcing meat from supplier Shanghai Husi Food Company. Both companies said their restaurants in China could now face a shortage of certain products. McDonald’s apologised.
Yum identified its sausage and egg burger and a ’spicy roasted burger’ as being affected, while McDonald’s did not specify any products. KFC said it only used Husi’s produce in some branches in Fujian province, the franchise said in a Weibo post.
McDonald’s and Yum also said they were investigating the matter. The Chinese fast-food chain Dicos also said it has taken breakfast sandwiches from its menu in the wake of the report.
Swedish retailer IKEA also said it has bought Husi chicken meat between September 2012 and August 2013, a spokesperson told the South China Morning Post.
The companies’ statements, posted on Weibo, followed a news report on Shanghai-based Dragon TV alleging that Husi was falsifying the expiry date on some of the meat products sold to the international fast-food chains.
The report featured video footage of a meat processing factory run by the company, showing staff picking up food from the floor and throwing it into processing machines.
Discarded Chicken McNuggets, a McDonald’s staple food offer, could be seen being reprocessed until they passed inspection.
The report also showed an email from company management, which allegedly asked employees to extend the expiry date of 10 tonnes of frozen beef. The meat, reportedly already green and odorous, was reprocessed, refrozen and repackaged with a new expiry date, the report alleged.
The report indicated that clients did not know about the practices at the factory.
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