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Yum, McDonald's apologise as new China food scandal hits

Published on Jul 22, 2014 5:37 AM

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Yum Brands Inc and McDonald's Corp are facing a new food safety scare in China, denting the fast-food companies' efforts to shore up reputations and businesses that were hurt by a 2012 safety scandal in one of their biggest markets.

McDonald's and KFC parent Yum apologized to customers on Monday after Chinese regulators shut a local meat supplier following a TV report that showed workers picking up meat from a factory floor, as well as mixing meat beyond its expiration date with fresh meat.

The companies said they immediately stopped using the supplier, Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a unit of Aurora, Illinois-based OSI Group, and had switched to alternatives.

They added that the factory served restaurants in the Shanghai area.

This picture taken on July 20, 2014 shows workers producing food at the Shanghai Husi Food Co, a factory of US food provider OSI Group, in Shanghai. -- PHOTO: AFP 
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