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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 3:17pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 5:08pm

KFC China says chemical chicken feed produces 'normal' growth

China's KFC released a statement on Thursday maintaining the methods used to feed chicken by its supplier, Shanxi province-based Suhai Group, are 'scientific'.

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Amy Li began her journalism career as a crime news reporter in Queens, New York, in 2004. She joined Reuters in Beijing in 2008 as a multimedia editor. Amy taught journalism at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu before joining SCMP in Hong Kong in 2012. She is now an online news editor for SCMP.com. Amy can be reached at chunxiao.li@scmp.com, or follow her on Twitter @AmyLiSCMP
 

China’s KFC released a statement  on Thursday, maintaining the methods used to feed chicken by its supplier, Shanxi province-based Suhai Group, are “scientific”.

The response came days after reports surfaced online accusing the supplier of using toxic “instant chicken” chemical feed. Those chemicals could speed up chicken’s growth cycle to 45 days, reported China Daily on Wednesday.

In the statement posted on KFC’s official account on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service, KFC denied any foul play in Suhai’s feeding practice.

It also asks the public to recognise the “significant changes” in poultry breeding brought by “increasing market demand and advanced technology”.

The statement said: “45-day growth cycle for white-feather chickens is normal. It’s a result of selecting top quality chicken breed and scientific methods.”

KFC said earlier on its weibo that Suhai supplied only 1 per cent of its chicken.

 

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