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Meat supplier in China food scandal long-time partner of fast food giant McDonald's

Published on Jul 24, 2014 10:58 AM
A security personnel stands guard in front of an OSI's food processing plants in Langfang, Hebei province, July 23, 2014. Shanghai police said on Wednesday they detained five people in an investigation into a Chinese-based supplier of foreign fast-food brands including KFC and McDonald's Corp over allegations the firm supplied out-of-date meat. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Eight months ago in front of a crowd of food industry executives gathered at a fancy Chicago hotel, a top McDonald's Corp executive lauded the boss of meat supplier OSI Group for his dedication to the fast-food giant's "McFamily".

On Wednesday, McDonald's stood by its long-time business partner OSI in the face of a deepening food safety scandal at a unit of OSI in China where five people are detained.

Fast food chain KFC's parent Yum Brands cut ties to OSI, but the history of McDonald's and OSI are more deeply intertwined.

Illinois-based OSI' octogenarian owner, Sheldon Lavin, has built an empire in China over the past 20 years, largely on the back of business from the Golden Arches.

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