Staff at seven foreign firms accused of taking kickbacks Authorities in Shanghai have named more companies whose workers were allegedly involved in a series of commercial bribery cases now involving 4 million yuan, including fast-food giant McDonald's and Whirlpool Appliances. Four Shanghai technology companies gave bribes to workers of at least seven firms in return for awarding them equipment orders, the Shanghai Daily and other newspapers said yesterday. Authorities have already detained 22 people. Shanghai police declined to comment yesterday, but reports said the cases came to light last May based on an anonymous tip. Reports named seven companies whose employees allegedly received bribes - local branches of Swiss power and automation technology company ABB Group, Japan's Fuji Xerox, Jabil Circuit of the United States, McDonald's, US management consultancy firm McKinsey and Company, US home appliance company Whirlpool and Kairui Management Consulting. Reports did not give the complete names of the four companies that offered bribes. They were identified as Shanghai JRZC Technology Development, Shanghai RH Network Communication Technology, Shanghai WD Electronic System Engineering Technology and Shanghai SX Network Engineering. Police had yet to lay any formal charges, the Shanghai Daily said. Authorities have recovered 944,400 yuan of the money involved. The Ministry of Public Security said last week employees of McKinsey and another company, Tyco Electronics (Kunshan), were suspected of receiving bribes but did not name any other companies at the time. Tyco International, the US-based parent of the company, has business lines ranging from health care to engineering. McKinsey said: 'We do not have any other information other than what we are also reading in the Chinese press. The company in itself has not in any way been accused of any wrongdoing in this case.' Reports said that two employees of McKinsey accepted more than 2 million yuan in bribes between 2003 and last year from four technology companies, some in return for installing a computer network. A Beijing-based spokeswoman for ABB China, Grace Nan, said the company was investigating reports of staff taking bribes. 'ABB is a company that never compromises on violations of the ABB code of conduct ... ABB China is investigating the reported cases,' she said. A spokeswoman for Fuji Xerox (China) in Beijing said a former employee allegedly involved in the case had resigned in July for 'personal reasons', but she could not confirm the reports. 'Our company will pay more attention to strengthen management and the education of our employees,' she said. Jabil Circuit and Whirlpool declined to comment, while McDonald's could not be reached for a statement.