Five people have been detained by Shanghai police amid an investigation into a company that is suspected to have supplied expired or rotten meat to foreign fast-food chains, Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday.
The five detained include the head of the meat supplier, Shanghai Husi Food Co. Ltd., and the firm’s quality manager, the report said, citing an online statement from the police. Husi Food is a unit of US-based OSI Group LLC.
Husi Food is said to have knowingly supplied stale meat to its clients, which include McDonald’s and KFC chains. The company was found to have mixed expired and rotten meat to produce 5,108 boxes of various products, according to a preliminary investigation by the Shanghai police and the local food watchdog.
The Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration has already sealed 100 tons of products from a range of its customers, according to Xu Wei, a spokesman for the Shanghai municipal government.
Following the food scandal, Husi Food was shut down on Monday.
McDonald’s chief executive Don Thompson responded to the scandal, saying that he felt “a bit deceived” by the audit it received from Husi Food, according to media reports.
“We are no longer serving product from the primary facility there that has challenges and issues,” Thompson added.
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