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China's police detain six execs of supplier in tainted meat scandal: Xinhua report

Published on Aug 3, 2014 8:08 PM
 
Security guards stand inside the Husi Food factory in Shanghai on July 23, 2014. The police in China have detained six executives of a meat supply company at the centre of the latest food safety scare to hit the country, state media reported on Sunday, Aug 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) - The police in China have detained six executives of a meat supply company at the centre of the latest food safety scare to hit the country, state media reported on Sunday.

Shanghai's chief of police and deputy mayor Bai Shaokang told local radio that the executives of Shanghai Husi Food, a unit of United States-based OSI Group LLC, had been taken into custody, Xinhua news agency said.

The company had supplied meat to foreign fast food chains McDonald's and KFC-parent Yum Brands Inc, among many others.

The scandal, which also dragged in coffee chain Starbucks Corp, was triggered by a local television report showing staff at Shanghai Husi using long-expired meat. The report also alleged the firm forged production dates.

 
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