McDonald’s, KFC, and other fast food giants cut ties with Shanghai’s Husi Food Co after a local TV channel released footage of the local supplier repackaging expired meat, and even re-using meat that had fallen on the factory floor. The local FDA is currently conducting an investigation. The NY Times reports;
The program, aired on Shanghai-based Dragon TV on Sunday evening, showed hidden camera footage of workers at a meat-processing facility operated by Shanghai Husi Food using out-of-date chicken and beef to make burger patties and chicken products for McDonald’s and KFC, in some cases scooping up meat that had fallen onto the assembly line floor and throwing it back into a processing machine.
In response, the Chinese units of McDonald’s and KFC both said in news releases posted from their official Sina Weibo social messaging accounts that they had halted use of all products from Shanghai Husi, which is owned by the OSI Group, based in Aurora, Ill.
The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration said in a Sina Weibo post late Sunday that it had suspended production at Shanghai Husi and had begun a joint investigation with the local police into accusations that the processing plant was using out-of-date meat in its products.
The damning footage below!
This could mean it’s back to the food safety drawing board for both McDonald’s and “Colonel Scandals,” who have been desperately trying to resurrect their images/profits in the wake of last year’s health violations. Yeah, it’s probably going to take a lot more than Hoisin burgers and celebrity shilling to wipe this one from the public memory.
Couple this with Wal-Mart’s recent fox meat scandal, and it seems the reputation of Western companies in China as (comparatively) ‘squeaky clean’ is on a nosedive. The Chinese are already starting to go native for their fast food fix.