The allure of Western fast food in China is waning rapidly. A recent online poll found that two-thirds of Chinese distrust Western fast food companies in wake of the expired meat scandal that affected KFC, Starbucks, and many others.
77% believe that the companies knew that the ‘spoiled meat supplier’ Shanghai Husi Food Co., was involved in shady practices before the scandal broke, and 69% vow to never eat at Western Fast Food outlets again. Which, considering the state of domestic food outlets, will probably leave them trying to choose the lesser of two evils; domestic ‘feet’ vermicelli or an expired meat Big Mac and a coke with ice so dirty you wouldn’t use it on a sprained ankle.
Just take a gander at the list of brands that were supplied by Shanghai Husi Food Co:
Not to mention that tainted McNuggets were found as far away as Tokyo. Yum Brands and McDonald’s apologized to consumers on Monday after withdrawing meat products and cutting ties with Husi, reports Reuters. However, it looks like it’s going to take more than their usual groveling and Jay Chou cameos to earn back consumer trust.