A U.S. company that supplies meat to some of the world's largest fast food chains in China has pulled all its products made by a Chinese subsidiary, after reports that it was selling expired products.
The food safety scandal that erupted in China in the last week has also spread overseas, affecting chain restaurants in Japan and Hong Kong and prompted calls for tighter food safety regulation in China.
The privately held OSI is headquartered in Aurora, Ill., and claims 50 manufacturing facilities worldwide. Its Chinese subsidiary, Shanghai Husi Food Co., Ltd., sells beef patties, chicken nuggets and, according to its web site, cooked frozen snail meat. Its customers in China include McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Papa John's and Starbucks.
An expose that aired July 20 on Shanghai television used a hidden camera to show workers picking meat off the floor and returning it to the production line and handling meat without ungloved hands. It also revealed documentation that the firm was falsifying production dates and selling expired beef and chicken to customers.
Following the reports, McDonalds restaurants in Japan have begun to source chicken from Thailand instead of China. Hong Kong McDonalds stopped selling McNuggets and chicken fillets from Husi. And the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that McDonalds outlets in Beijing and Shanghai had run out of both hamburgers and chicken.