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China arrests six from unit of US food supplier OSI over expired meat scandal

Published on Aug 31, 2014 11:59 AM
 
People passing by a McDonald's fast food restaurant in Shanghai on July 28, 2014. The Chinese authorities have formally arrested six employees from a unit of United States food supplier OSI Group over a scandal involving expired meat sold to fast-food giants. OSI's clients in China previously included McDonald's and KFC. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI (AFP) - The Chinese authorities have formally arrested six employees from a unit of United States food supplier OSI Group, the parent company and the government said, over a scandal involving expired meat sold to fast-food giants.

The authorities had previously announced the detention by police of six officials of Shanghai Husi Food Co., a subsidiary of OSI that operated a factory shut down by the city in July for mixing out-of-date meat with fresh product. OSI's clients in China previously included McDonald's and KFC.

"OSI Group confirms that six employees of Shanghai Husi have now been arrested following detention by the authorities," the company said in a statement provided to media. "OSI Group will continue to cooperate fully and in good faith with the authorities," it said, but did not identify the six.

Shanghai's prosecutor's office said the employees were suspected of producing and selling "fake and inferior" products, according to a separate statement posted on its website.

 
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