China food safety

Shanghai watchdogs fine Husi Food and US parent OSI additional 24m yuan for 2014 meat scandal

Fast-food chain supplier penalised for selling substandard products

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 October, 2016, 2:25pm
UPDATED : Monday, 03 October, 2016, 10:14pm

Market watchdogs in Shanghai have fined fast-food chain supplier Shanghai Husi Food and its US parent OSI Group more than 24 million yuan (HK$28 million) for making and selling substandard products during a meat scandal two years ago, the Shanghai Daily reported on Monday.

The case broke in July 2014 when a Chinese TV report showed workers at a Shanghai unit of OSI allegedly using out-of-date meat and doctoring production dates in a scandal that prompted apologies from OSI clients McDonald’s and Yum Brands.

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A Shanghai court in February fined Shanghai Husi and another OSI unit 2.4 million yuan and handed prison sentences to 10 employees. OSI said the verdict was unjust.

On Monday, the Shanghai Daily said Husi had been fined an additional 17 million yuan by the Jiading district’s Market Supervision and Management Bureau. It also had its food production license revoked and products and illegal profits confiscated.

OSI China was fined 7.3 million yuan and issued a warning by the Xuhui district’s Market Supervision and Management Bureau, the paper said.

Husi and those involved in the case would be blacklisted, effectively banning them from operating for five years.

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China has been trying to clean up its reputation for food safety scandals, which range from recycled “gutter oil” and smuggled frozen meat years beyond its expiry date to crops tainted with heavy metals. Senior Chinese leaders have said food safety in the country remained “grim”.

Operations at Shanghai Husi Food were suspended following the 2014 news report, some executives were detained and OSI’s chief executive said he was appalled by missteps at the plant.

In July, a Shanghai court dismissed an appeal by Husi and upheld the February sentence, the newspaper said.