China Food Safety

A crisis in confidence in China's food industry emerged after melamine was found in domestically produced baby formula in 2008. The scandal sickened 300,000 babies and resulted in six premature deaths. Other stories of fake eggs, diseased pork, recycled oil, mislabelled meat and more have only led to more calls for industry reform.

China sales slide pushes Yum into the red

The parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurant saw a net loss of US$36 million in the October-December quarter compared with a net income of US$321 million a year ago. Photo: Reuters

US fast-food giant Yum Brands reported a swing into a fourth-quarter loss, saying its recovery in China from a tainted meat scandal was taking longer than it expected.

Thursday, 5 February, 2015, 11:24am

Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign can improve food safety in China

A production line at the Husi food factory before a raid uncovered meat products suspected of being beyond their expiration date. Photo: Reuters

China's food-processing industry remains 15 years behind non-food counterparts, according to a Hong Kong-based quality-control specialist hired by factory customers.

19 Jan 2015 - 8:20am 2 comments

Half of Chinese food plants fail inspections

McDonald's led the list of foreign food brands engulfed in Chinese scandals in the past year. Photo: Bloomberg

A quality control specialist has revealed that nearly half of all food inspections it conducted in China failed last year.

20 Jan 2015 - 11:19am 14 comments

Eight officials sacked after pork from diseased pigs sold for food in China

Eight officials sacked after pork from diseased pigs sold for food in China

Eight officials in Gaoan in the eastern province of Jiangxi in China have been sacked after a state media report that pork from diseased pigs was sold by traders.

The city’s police have also raided an underground slaughterhouse and detained 12 suspects allegedly involved in the sale of unsafe pork, Xinhua reported.

29 Dec 2014 - 1:50pm 2 comments

China's 'rotten meat' scandal firm sacks 340 people at Shanghai plant

China's 'rotten meat' scandal firm sacks 340 people at Shanghai plant

A US supplier said on Monday it is laying off most of the workforce of a Chinese subsidiary accused of selling expired meat to McDonald’s, KFC and other major restaurant chains.

23 Sep 2014 - 9:05am

McDonald’s August sales hit by China meat scandal

McDonald's said global comparable sales fell 3.7 per cent in August, bigger than the 2.5 per cent decline in July. Photo: Reuters

Sales at McDonald’s restaurants dropped in August, hurt by a food-safety scandal in China and heavy competition in the US, the company said on Tuesday.

10 Sep 2014 - 10:23am

New China food scandal as 30,000 tonnes of chicken feet found soaking in hydrogen peroxide

Police found chicken feet soaking in hydrogen peroxide to keep the chicken feet white and fresh-looking in some Chinese provinces. Photo: EPA

More than 30,000 tonnes of chicken feet laced with hydrogen peroxide were seized by authorities in Zhejiang province – in the latest wide-reaching food scandal to emerge in mainland China.

27 Aug 2014 - 4:11pm 14 comments

Shanghai food watchdog targets foreign firms in meat clean-up

The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration ordered McDonald's and four other foreign fast-food chains to publish information of their meat suppliers online. Photo: Bloomberg

Shanghai is singling out foreign fast-food chains in its stepped-up efforts to strengthen oversight of meat suppliers, a fresh sign that a food safety scandal involving a US company could worsen problems for overseas businesses in China.

13 Aug 2014 - 6:42am 2 comments

Food traceability systems little more than gimmicks, say producers and consumers

A food label displays the national quality and safety mark for food and beverages. Photo: ImagineChina

While the Chinese are fastidious about their food - and the fresher the better - the origins of their produce is not always clear-cut.

13 Aug 2014 - 7:48am

Shanghai orders foreign fast-food chains to name suppliers on websites

McDonald's has been hit by a safety scare. Photo: Bloomberg

Five fast-food chains including McDonald's and Yum Brands have published details about their suppliers on their Chinese websites following a request from Shanghai authorities after a food safety scare.

12 Aug 2014 - 10:29am 1 comment

It’s a shame to let a China food scandal go to waste

OSI Group Chairman and CEO Sheldon Lavin attends a news conference in Shanghai, July 28, 2014. Photo: Reuters

Every month there’s another food scandal in China. Sewer oil. Lamb seasoned with rat. Exploding melons. And now tainted Western hamburgers and fast food is the latest. In our view, this is all to be expected. If you are in the food or restaurant business in China, you are almost certainly going to have a scandal. It’s practically inevitable. And it’s an opportunity you shouldn’t miss.

11 Aug 2014 - 8:44pm 2 comments

KFC owner admits China rotten food scandal causing ‘significant’ damage to sales

Yum is China’s biggest restaurant operator, with more than 4,600 KFC outlets and 1,200 Pizza Huts. Photo: Reuters

The owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut restaurant chains said on Thursday that a food safety scandal in China has hurt sales and might be severe enough to cut into the company’s global profit.

31 Jul 2014 - 5:28pm 1 comment

Expired dough used in Nanjing branch of US-based restaurant Papa John's Pizza

Papa John's Pizza has been found to have used expired dough.

A Nanjing branch of the popular US-based fast-food restaurant Papa John's Pizza has been found to have used expired dough.

31 Jul 2014 - 4:27am

Shanghai Husi rotten-meat scandal blows the lid on a huge problem for China's food processing industry

Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

When inspectors visited Shanghai Husi earlier this summer, the production line appeared in good order, with fresh meat being handled by properly attired workers and supervisors keeping a watchful eye over the process.

31 Jul 2014 - 4:27am 1 comment

McDonald’s misled Hong Kong food safety authority about rotten meat, says official

Sophia Chan Siu-chee, undersecretary for food and health, speaks to the media about the McDonald's food safety scare. Photo: Sam Tsang

Food safety authorities in Hong Kong say they were misled by McDonald’s Hong Kong during its investigation last week into whether rotten meat from a factory in Shanghai was sold to Hongkongers.

28 Jul 2014 - 7:20pm 6 comments