McDonald’s and KFC fast food eateries are under the gun again. This time, the concern follows a new food safety scare issued Monday, following a Shanghai television station reported that a meat supplier in China sold expired beef and chicken to the two food giants. McDonald’s and KFC-parent Yum have apologized to customers after the Chinese regulators shut down a local meat supplier, according to a USA Today report on Monday.
In the televised report, Chinese workers are seen picking up meat from a factory floor. The workers are also seen mixing old meat which has passed its expiration date with fresh meat. Following the report, McDonald’s and Yum have said that they are going to stop using the supplier. The supplier is a meat firm named Husi Food Co., Ltd. Authorities have ordered the company to suspend its operations while an investigation takes place. Husi Food Co., Ltd. is owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois.
The firm repackaged state beef and chicken and put new expiration dates on them. Besides McDonald’s and KFC, Taco Bell was sold the expired meat. McDonald’s Corporation and Yum Brands Inc., which owns KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, are both going to conduct their own investigations into the findings by the Chinese television report.
This latest story of trouble with food manufacturing in China follows other stories which have been raised in the recent past. Other stories have expressed lack of confidence in fast food outlets, dairies, and other suppliers that are located in China. McDonald’s has issued a statement saying that food safety is one of their top priorities. The firm said that it pursues strict compliance with consumer safety laws and regulations and has zero tolerance for illegal behavior. Yet, this one sure got past them. In 2012, McDonald’s and Yum were involved with a scandal in which it was found that chicken had been pumped with excessive amounts of antibiotics, according to a Chicago Tribune report.