Date
14 December 2017
Workers produce food products at the Shanghai Husi plant in July shortly before it was closed. Photo: AFP
Workers produce food products at the Shanghai Husi plant in July shortly before it was closed. Photo: AFP

Shanghai destroys batches of food from US firm’s unit

Chinese authorities said they are destroying batches of “questionable products” recalled from Shanghai Husi Food Co., a former supplier to McDonald’s and other restaurant chains in the country.

US-based food processor OSI Group is upset after the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration said on its website Sunday it was destroying batches of the food from Shanghai Husi, a division of OSI, following an investigation launched in July, the Wall Street Journal reported.

OSI said in a statement Tuesday it is disappointed in the city’s actions and that it doesn’t want the disposal to be seen as an admission of food safety problems.

“We view this statement to be very misleading as its use does not meet the definition of ‘questionable products’ as set forth by the China Food and Drug Administration,” the firm said.

It said OSI had fulfilled its commitment to withdraw “qualified products” in a voluntary recall.

The food supplier is seeking to regain ground in what has been one of its key growth markets, the report said.

Last summer, local media reported that workers at the Shanghai Husi plant doctored food production dates to resell meat that had passed sell-by dates.

Chinese authorities closed the Shanghai plant and started an investigation. McDonald’s China arm, among other customers, dropped the supplier.

The company laid off 340 employees at its Shanghai Husi plant in September.

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