Amid growing fears about the quality of food sold at fast-food outlets in China, a regulatory body visited nearly 600 restaurants and businesses suspected of using expired meat from Shanghai Husi Food, a local arm of Illinois-based OSI Group, according to The International Business Times.
The Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration said, in a statement, that it visited 581 food-related businesses as part of its investigation and had dispatched 875 personnel to conduct inspections, Reuters reported, adding that Chinese police, local governments and prosecutors are also now involved in the case. Earlier in the week, the Chinese government had suspended operations at Shanghai Husi after local media reported that the company was selling chicken and beef beyond the expiration date.
The latest developments follow the arrest of five people, including the head of Shanghai Husi Food and its quality manager, on Wednesday, after an investigation into the food scandal discovered that it had affected many global brands, such as McDonald’s Corp., Yum! Brands and Starbucks Corp.
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