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US food firm sorry over China 'bad meat' scandal

Published on Jul 24, 2014 3:34 PM
 
A man walks out of the entrance of OSI Group's Husi Food factory in Shanghai on July 23, 2014. OSI Group, the US food supplier at the centre of an expired meat scandal in China, has apologised. KFC and Pizza Hut's parent company said it would stop using the firm's products in the key Chinese market. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SHANGHAI (AFP) - The US food supplier at the centre of an expired meat scandal in China has apologised, as KFC and Pizza Hut's parent company said it would stop using the firm's products in the key Chinese market.

Shanghai authorities at the weekend shut a plant owned by privately-held OSI Group for mixing out-of-date meat with fresh product, and on Wednesday detained five officials from the OSI subsidiary which operated it.

Chinese state media have taken aim at foreign companies, sparking calls for stronger regulation in a country which has seen repeated problems with food and product safety.

Mr Sheldon Lavin, chairman and chief executive officer of OSI, said he had no defence for the case, according to a statement on the company's China website dated Thursday.

 
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