Date
22 August 2017
Shanghai Husi Food had fought a court battle against a former employee who accused the firm of unethical behavior and improper work practices. Photo: Reuters
Shanghai Husi Food had fought a court battle against a former employee who accused the firm of unethical behavior and improper work practices. Photo: Reuters

Shanghai Husi Food faced claims over improper work practices

Shanghai Husi Food, which is at the center of a meat safety scandal in China, was embroiled in a court case recently against a former employee who had claimed, among other things, that he was made to forge meat production dates, Reuters reported Friday.

Wang Donglai, a former quality control officer who worked at Husi Food from 2007 to 2013, had filed a case against the company seeking compensation over work-related issues, the report said.

He is said to have sought around 38,000 yuan (US$6,100) in compensation for health-damage caused by exposure to chlorine at Husi’s meat processing facilities.

Wang also sought to terminate his contract at Husi, claiming he was forced to work overtime and made to do “unethical work” that violated food safety laws, the report said, citing court documents.

At a hearing last October, Wang said he was unwilling to forge dates at the plant, and that he repeatedly urged his employer to change a practice which he said violated food safety laws and hurt consumer interests.

Shanghai Husi, which is owned by Illinois-based OSI Group, ignored his pleas, he said.

A Shanghai court ruled against Wang in January this year, saying his health was normal based on records provided by his employer. The judge dismissed Wang’s claims about forced overtime, and dismissed the claims over forged production dates due to lack of evidence, the report said.

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