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Scandal-hit OSI says product withdrawal goes smoothly in China

US-BASED OSI Group, whose Chinese subsidy is embroiled in a food safety scandal, said the withdrawal of its products made in Shanghai Husi is proceeding smoothly.

There have been no reported illnesses linked to any Shanghai Husi product up till now, the company said in an email statement early today. The recovery of the products in question is proceeding in an orderly way under the assistance and guidance by the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration, it said.

Meanwhile, OSI's global experts are also conducting internal investigation on the company’s other manufacturing facilities in China on quality assurance, compliance and auditing to ensure it’s consistent with both OSI Group's global standards and Chinese laws in the future, the statement said.

Major fast food chains McDonald's and Yum Brands Inc abandoned the sourcing contacts with OSI Group's China facilities after a Shanghai Television Station program reported on July 20 that Shanghai Husi has been mixing “expired” meat with fresh cuts and even lying to inspectors by keeping fake production logs in case of inspections.

Earlier this week, a joint investigation team from the city government began an on-site investigation into OSI (China) Holding Co Ltd, the investor of scandal-hit Shanghai Husi Food Co.

Six employees of Shanghai Husi Food Co who were implicated in the meat scandal were detained last week, including the company’s top executive and its quality manager.


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