American fast-food chain Subway is investigating Chinese media claims that workers at a Beijing franchise altered labels on food ingredients and used the produce beyond expiry dates.
Following reports that a Beijing outlet changed expiry and production dates on meat, drink and vegetable produce to extend their use, Subway said it has “been made aware of these claims and are investigating them”.
“This is not representative of the diligent Subway owners and sandwich artists in the Subway system. We will investigate and enforce our strict operational processes,” the company said in a statement, according to the Financial Times.
Subway, which has 489 franchises in China, said it found no violations after launching a surprise inspection of the store after media reports surfaced last Friday. The company said it was questioning the affected franchisee, and staff and other franchises have been told to inspect their operations.
The incident makes Subway the latest foreign fast-food chain to have their brand reputation called into question in China because of allegations that suppliers or franchises have used food beyond its expiry date.
KFC and McDonald’s recently faced some problems after a supplier was found to have distributed tainted meat.
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