Meat scandal points to global marketplace concerns

07/23/2014 11:59 AM

07/23/2014 11:59 AM

The food scandal involving a Chinese supplier selling expired chicken and beef should alert consumers worldwide to meat from anywhere being part of the global marketplace everywhere.

The latest allegations are against Shanghai Husi Food Co., owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Ill. The China Food and Drug Administration has ordered an investigation into all of the company’s food factories in five Chinese provinces, the official New China News Agency reports.

McDonald’s Corp., and Yum Brands Inc., which owns KFC and Pizza Hut, said they no longer are using meat from the supplier and have started their own investigations. Burger King and Starbucks said their Chinese stores have stopped using meat from the supplier, too, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Those restaurants are found in many countries throughout the world, and they are favorites for tourists.

U.S. consumers can thank the Department of Agriculture for requiring country of origin labeling for grocery stores, supermarkets and club warehouse stores. Eating out can be a more questionable matter.

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