Beijing:A recent meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets.
The recent scam is threatening to tarnish the reputations of McDonald's, KFC, Starbucks and Pizza Hut after the discovery of expired meat from their shelves, forcing Chinese authorities to seal more suspicious meat products in fast food chains.
Officials confiscated suspicious meat products in fast food chains, including McDonald's and KFC, after one of their suppliers was accused of selling stale meat, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Starbucks on Tuesday said it removed from its shelves sandwiches made with chicken that originated at Husi. Burger King Corp said it stopped using hamburger it received from a supplier that used product from Husi.
Pizza restaurant chain Papa John's International Inc. announced it stopped using meat from Husi.In Japan, McDonald's Corp. said it stopped selling McNuggets at more than 1,300 outlets that used chicken supplied by Husi.
It said the Shanghai company had been supplying chicken to it since 2002.
It sourced alternative supplies of chicken from Thailand and China.Fast-food chain Burger King and Dicos, China's third-ranked fast food chain owned by Ting Hsin International, said theywould remove Shanghai Husi food products from their outlets.
Pizza chain Papa John's International Inc said on its Weibo blog that it had taken down all meat products supplied by Shanghai Husi and cut ties with the supplier.
The raids by the officials came in after a local TV aired a news programme on Sunday alleging that Shanghai Husi Food Co.,Ltd, a unit of OSI Group, had supplied products tainted with reprocessed stale meat to a string of fast food chains andrestaurants across China.
The TV report prompted Shanghai authorities to suspend production at Shanghai Husi, a unit of US-based OSI Group, on Sunday, while cities and provinces across China yesterday moved to seal Husi supplies at local fast food chains.
The food and drug administration of Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, sealed 9.6 tonnes of Husi products at warehouses and outlets of McDonald's, KFC and Dicos, a Chinese chain owned by Taiwan's Ting Hsin International Group.
Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, also sealed 1.77 tonnes of beef steaks and over 6 tonnes of chicken and pork products at KFC and Pizza Hut, both under Yum Brands, as well as McDonald's.
An investigation into a meat scandal expanded nationwide as China's top food quality watchdog launched a "thorough" probe,Xinhua reported.
China Food and Drug Administration asked local authorities to investigate all the food factories invested by US food supplier OSI Group in provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Henan, Guangdong and Yunnan.
Image: Free Digital Photos