The Straits Times
Published on Jan 25, 2013

Yum's chicken in China contained excessive levels of drugs


SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - Chicken sold to KFC's parent Yum Brands Inc in China contained excessive levels of chemicals, the official Xinhua news agency reported today, escalating a month-long food scare that has hit Yum's sales in its biggest market.

The Shanghai Municipal Food Safety Committee said KFC's checks on its suppliers were lax, and that it found excessive levels of chemical residue in some of the fast food chain's supplies, the report said.

The investigation has now been passed to authorities where the suppliers are based, Xinhua said, without elaborating.

Officials at the Food Safety Committee and Yum in China could not immediately be reached for comment.