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KFC parent company sorry over China chicken scare

Published on Jan 11, 2013 2:28 PM
A customer eats Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in an outlet in Shanghai on Jan 9, 2013. Chinese customers of KFC, the biggest fast food chain in the country, said they would still patronise it despite a government food safety investigation which has hit sales. -- PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI (AFP) - US fast food giant Yum! Brands has apologised to customers of its Chinese KFC restaurants after a scandal over tainted chicken that dented sales at the popular chain.

The Chinese arm of the food empire, whose brands also include Pizza Hut, admitted it failed to inform authorities about tests showing high levels of antibiotics in chicken. It came after authorities launched a probe last month.

There is deep sensitivity in China to the issue of tainted food following a string of scandals, although foreign brands are normally more trusted and it is unusual for one to get embroiled in such a controversy.

"We did not take the initiative to inform the government about test results," Yum China's chairman and chief executive, Mr Sam Su, said in the statement late on Thursday.

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