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Starbucks and Burger King Also Affected by Expired Meat Scandal in China

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The Chinese supplier that sold expired meat to local outlets of McDonald's, KFC, and Pizza Hut, also sold the suspect product to other major chains. Over the weekend, Shanghai-based news channel, Dragon TV reported that Shanghai Husi Food Co., LTD had "repacked old beef and chicken and put new expiration dates on them." According to the AP, Starbucks and Burger King locations in China are the latest chains to have received the expired meat. Starbucks has since removed chicken sandwiches from its shelves and Burger King has stopped serving hamburger it received from the company.

According to the South China Morning Post, Pizza chain Papa John's has also stopped using meat from Husi. The expired meat even made its way over to McDonald's in Japan, where the chicken provided "20 percent of the meat" for the chicken nuggets. The AP writes that Husi said it was a "appalled by the report" and that the company would cooperate with the investigation.

The Dragon TV report has found that just in the month of June, 18 tons of expired chicken skin from Husi was used for chicken nuggets and that beef that was at least a month past its expiration date was in burgers for KFC.The footage also showed Husi employees "picking up food from the floor and throwing it into the processing machines." The Shanghai office of China's food and drug agency is currently investigating the scandal.

· China Meat Scandal Hits Starbucks, Burger King [AP]
· China Food Scandal Spreads [SCMP]
· Expired Meat Sold to KFC and McDonald's in China [-E-]
· All China Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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