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China detains five in expired meat scandal: Police

Published on Jul 23, 2014 2:26 PM
 
Officers from Shanghai Food and Drug Administration conduct a seizure at Husi Food factory in Shanghai on July 20, 2014. Chinese police on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, detained five people from a unit of US food supplier OSI Group, officers said, in a case involving expired meat sold to fast food giants including McDonald's and KFC. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SHANGHAI (AFP) - Chinese police on Wednesday detained five people from a unit of US food supplier OSI Group, officers said, in a case involving expired meat sold to fast food giants including McDonald's and KFC.

The Shanghai Public Security Bureau said in a statement the five included the company officials responsible. It said a quality manager was among them but did not name the five.

Shanghai authorities on Sunday shut an OSI plant for mixing out-of-date meat with fresh product, re-labelling expired goods and other quality problems, following an investigative report by a local television station.

The factory's other customers in China included restaurant operator Yum's Pizza Hut brand, coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King, 7-Eleven convenience stores and Papa John's Pizza, according to separate statements from the companies.

 
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