Friday, July 25, 2014

Hong Kong bans food from Husi Foods

Hong Kong has banned imports from OSI Group’s Shanghai Husi Food subsidiary following a food safety scare involving several global brands, according to the Reuters news agency.

The South China Morning Post reports that Hong Kong authorities said they will investigate McDonald’s Hong Kong unit for initially failing to disclose its imports of meat products from Shanghai Husi.

McDonald’s Hong Kong has since apologized to its customers and said it would stop selling several items including McSpicy chicken filets, the Chinese newspaper reports.

Shanghai police shut down the Shanghai Husi factory and detained five company employees following a TV report that showed workers using expired meat and meat that had fallen to the floor to make products including chicken nuggets.

McDonald’s said it would retain OSI as a supplier in China, while Yum Brands and Starbucks said they would no longer buy from the Shanghai Husi unit.

China’s food regulator has visited nearly 600 restaurants, food distributors and businesses so far in its investigation of the case, according to Reuters.

OSI Chief Executive Sheldon Lavin based in Aurora, Illinois, has apologized for the problems at the China unit.