Company owned by OSI Group of Aurora involved in food safety scare

Workers produce food at the Shanghai Husi Food Co., a factory of US food provider OSI Group, in Shanghai. Shanghai city officials have shut a Shanghai Husi factory of US food provider OSI Group for selling out-of-date meat to restaurant giants including McDonald's and KFC, authorities said on July 21 in China's latest food safety scandal. China out AFP Photostr/AFP/Getty Images

An Aurora-based company is involved in a new food safety problem in China.

McDonald’s and KFC in China were in the spotlight Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.

The companies said they immediately stopped using meat from the company, Husi Food Co., Ltd. The official Xinhua News Agency said authorities ordered the supplier to suspend operations and were investigating.

Dragon TV said Sunday that Husi, owned by OSI Group of Aurora, repackaged stale beef and chicken and put new expiration dates on them. It said they were sold to McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants.

The report added to a series of food safety scares in China that have battered public confidence in dairies, fast food outlets and other suppliers.

McDonald’s Corp. and Yum Brands Inc., which owns KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, said in separate statements they were conducting their own investigations.

“Food safety is a top priority for McDonald’s,” the company said on its microblog account. The company said it pursues “strict compliance” with consumer safety laws and regulations and has “zero tolerance for illegal behavior.”

A third company, sandwich shop chain Dicos, said in a statement it stopped using sausage patties supplied by Husi. Dicos is owned by Taiwan’s Ting Hsin International Group and the company website said it had 2,000 outlets in China as of September 2013.

Phone calls to the Shanghai office of the food and drug regulator were not answered.

A woman who answered the phone at Husi’s headquarters said no one was available to comment. The official Xinhua News Agency cited a company manager, Yang Liqun, who said Husi has a strict quality control system and will cooperate in the investigation.

KFC is China’s biggest restaurant chain, with more than 4,000 outlets and plans to open 700 more this year.

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