Police are now holding five employees of Shanghai Husi Food, the company embroiled in scandal for supplying expired meat to KFC, Starbucks, McDonald’s and other Western fast food outlets.
The company’s top executive and its quality manager were among those implicated, according to the Shanghai public security bureau, as cited by Shanghai Daily.
At least 11 companies were named as having used products supplied by Husi, including McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Papa Johns, 7-Eleven and Carl’s Jr.
A number companies have suspended the sales of certain meat products, including McDonald’s outlets in Hong Kong, as tainted McNuggets were found as far away as Tokyo.
The US-owned food supplier reportedly won a court case earlier this year against a former quality control officer who claims that he was made to forge meat production dates. Wang Donglai, who worked at Shanghai Husi Food until 2013, said he was forced to do “unethical work” that violated food safety laws, according to Reuters, which cited court documents.
Zang Hui, manager of the company’s quality department, previously told investigators that Husi Food had been repacking and selling out-of-date meat for many years, Shanghai Daily said.
Yum Brands, McDonald’s and Starbucks apologized to consumers earlier this week after pulling meat products from their shelves and cutting ties with Husi, while a recent poll found that two-thirds of Chinese are now shunning Western fast food companies following the scandal.
This is a dark day for chicken nuggets.