Five employees of an American-owned meat-processing plant in China have been arrested by authorities investigating after a television report showed outdated and mouldy meat being used to make nuggets and other products for fast-food chains, including McDonalds, KFC, 7-Eleven, Pizza Hut and Burger King.
The five workers included the quality department manager for Shanghai Husi Food Co., a subsidiary of OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois.
Shanghai Husi is believed to have produced 5,108 crates of meat products, including McNuggets, pork patties and beef steaks, using out-of-date or moldy materials, according to the bureau and Shanghai's food and drug administration, which are jointly investigating the case.
About 100 metric tons of the products have since been sealed up as the probe continues.
OSI says it is investigating the report and cooperating with government agencies.