Date
20 August 2017
A food safety officer inspects the premises of a Shanghai Husi Food factory. Photo: Eastday
A food safety officer inspects the premises of a Shanghai Husi Food factory. Photo: Eastday

Shanghai stale meat scandal spreads to Macau and Japan

Fast-food chains in Macau and Japan said they had used possibly stale meat supplied by Shanghai Husi Food Co. Ltd. on their products, Ming Pao Daily reported on Wednesday.

The operator of McDonald’s restaurants in Macau confirmed on Tuesday that its frozen chicken legs had used the questioned batch of meat from Husi Food.

The Macanese government has banned the sale of meat products from the Chinese producer and asked importers to stop the supply of products from the company. All Husi products in the former Portuguese colony have been held.

In Japan, a spokesman for McDonald’s said chicken nuggets sold through its local franchises had also used meat from Husi Food. About 500 restaurants, or one-sixth of the total in the country, have already stopped selling chicken nuggets.

Family Mart also announced its more than 10,000 stores all over the country have stopped selling two chicken products that used Husi Food meat.

Shanghai authorities have padlocked Husi Food, a member of the US-based OSI Group, after it was founding to have supplied stale meat to fast-food chains, including McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut.

The government also ordered the company to withdraw all its meat products from the market and downstream firms not to use meat supplied by the company, local media reports said.

Husi Food has nearly 150 mainland food companies as customers, including those in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin, and dozens of other cities and provinces.

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