A meat-based disgrace in China has affected leading global food brands, such as Burger King, Starbucks and McDonald’s.
- Fraudulent Meat
A Chinese supplier, Shanghai Husi Food Co., has been suspected of selling chicken and beef that was expired, and fraudulently placing incorrect expiration dates on these food products. This prompted Chinese authorities to investigate Husi Foods, which has also led to safety concerns in the country over medicine, milk, as well as other products.
The Chinese Food Agency declared on their website that violations of food safety were going to be strictly punished. Since the scandal came to light, Shanghai food officials have closed down the Husi factory.
- Livid Reactions
Several corporate chains like Burger King stopped receiving their hamburgers from a supplier who used products from Husi, while Starbucks stated that sandwiches made with chicken from Husi were ripped off their shelves. Papa John’s, a pizza chain, declared it would no longer be making use of meat from the supplier, while McDonald’s in Japan claimed that it stopped selling their McNuggets at over 1,000 outlets in situations where the chicken had been supplied by the company.
- Not the First Scandal
What makes the story even more sensitive is that many food safety issues have previously occurred in China. Over the last decade, there have been various scandals affecting people who fell ill due to contaminated goods, drugs, food and milk powder.
One of the most shocking scandals occurred in 2008, when dairy products were poisoned with an industrial chemical called melamine. It led to the death of six babies and resulted in thousands of others falling ill.
This latest scandal is sure to ruin business relations between China and global companies, as well as bring to light the severe problems present in China’s supply chain related to safety and quality.
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