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Burger King cuts ties with supplier in China food safety scare

Published on Aug 1, 2014 5:47 AM

(REUTERS) - Burger King Worldwide said on Thursday it would no longer buy products from OSI Group suppliers in China, where the fast-food hamburger chain has about 200 restaurants.

OSI is the US parent of Shanghai Husi Food, the factory at the heart of China's latest food safety scandal. That scare was triggered by a TV report alleging workers at Shanghai Husi Food used expired meat and doctored food production dates.

Regulators closed the plant on July 20. Police have detained five people, including Shanghai Husi's head and quality manager.

Burger King last week suspended the sale of any products from the Husi factories in Shanghai that supplied its restaurants and launched an investigation, Alix Salyers, a spokesman for the Miami-based chain, said in an e-mail. "As a precaution, we have decided that we will no longer source any products from Husi or any of its related entities throughout China," Salyers said.

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