China meat scandal hits Starbucks, Burger King

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China meat scandal hits Starbucks, Burger King
FILE - In this July 25, 2014 file photo, customers sit at a McDonald's restaurant in Hong Kong. McDonald’s says a scandal over a meat supplier in China is hurting sales in the region and its global sales forecast for 2014 is “at risk.” The world’s biggest hamburger chain said in a regulatory filing Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, that there’s been “significant negative impact” in China, Japan and other affected market. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
Customers eat at a McDonald's restaurant in Hong Kong Friday, July 25, 2014. McDonald's restaurants in Hong Kong have taken chicken nuggets and chicken filet burgers off the menu after a U.S.-owned supplier in mainland China was accused of selling expired meat. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Customers enjoy their meal near an advertisement claiming to use 100 percent beef at a McDonald's restaurant in Beijing Tuesday, July 22, 2014. China's food safety agency on Tuesday announced a nationwide inspection of processing factories and meat suppliers used by a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's and KFC. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A Chinese man rests outside a McDonald's restaurant in Beijing Tuesday, July 22, 2014. China's food safety agency on Tuesday announced a nationwide inspection of processing factories and meat suppliers used by a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's and KFC. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A man wipes his mouth near logos for McDonald's and KFC restaurants in Beijing Tuesday, July 22, 2014. China's food safety agency on Tuesday announced a nationwide inspection of processing factories and meat suppliers used by a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's and KFC. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Pedestrians pass by a McDonald's restaurant in Beijing Tuesday, July 22, 2014. China's food safety agency on Tuesday announced a nationwide inspection of processing factories and meat suppliers used by a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's and KFC. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A man rests outside a McDonald's restaurant in Beijing Tuesday, July 22, 2014. China's food safety agency on Tuesday announced a nationwide inspection of processing factories and meat suppliers used by a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's and KFC. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A customer eats inside a KFC restaurant in Beijing Tuesday, July 22, 2014. China's food safety agency on Tuesday announced a nationwide inspection of processing factories and meat suppliers used by a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's and KFC. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A couple walks past a McDonald's restaurant in Beijing Tuesday, July 22, 2014. China's food safety agency on Tuesday announced a nationwide inspection of processing factories and meat suppliers used by a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's and KFC. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Customers have a meal at a McDonald's restaurant in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. McDonald’s Corp. said Tuesday its restaurants in Japan stopped using chicken from the Shanghai company Husi Food Co. McDonald’s said Husi provided about 20 percent of the meat of expired chicken used in its chicken nuggets in Japan. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Customers have a meal at a McDonald's restaurant in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. McDonald’s Corp. said Tuesday its restaurants in Japan stopped using chicken from the Shanghai company, Husi Food Co. McDonald's said Husi provided about 20 percent of the meat of expired chicken used in its chicken nuggets in Japan. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Customers buy their meals at a McDonald's restaurant in Tokyo on July 22, 2014. A scandal involving expired meat sold by a China unit of US food supplier OSI Group spread to Japan on July 22, as McDonald's confirmed that the now shut factory provided Chicken McNuggets to its restaurants. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Customers order food at a McDonald's restaurant in Tokyo on July 22, 2014. A scandal involving expired meat sold by a China unit of US food supplier OSI Group spread to Japan on July 22, as McDonald's confirmed that the now shut factory provided Chicken McNuggets to its restaurants. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman walks past a McDonald's restaurant in Shanghai on July 22, 2014. Chinese police are questioning staff of US food supplier OSI Group for selling expired meat, state media said on July 22, as a newspaper blasted foreign brands for failing to adopt a 'dedicated attitude' towards local consumers. Shanghai authorities on Sunday shut an OSI plant -- a supplier to McDonald's and KFC in China -- for mixing out-of-date meat with fresh product, re-labelling expired goods and other quality problems following an investigative report by a local television station. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
People eat at a McDonald's restaurant in Shanghai on July 22, 2014. Chinese police are questioning staff of US food supplier OSI Group for selling expired meat, state media said on July 22, as a newspaper blasted foreign brands for failing to adopt a 'dedicated attitude' towards local consumers. Shanghai authorities on Sunday shut an OSI plant -- a supplier to McDonald's and KFC in China -- for mixing out-of-date meat with fresh product, re-labelling expired goods and other quality problems following an investigative report by a local television station. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk past a McDonald's restaurant in Shanghai on July 22, 2014. Chinese police are questioning staff of US food supplier OSI Group for selling expired meat, state media said on July 22, as a newspaper blasted foreign brands for failing to adopt a 'dedicated attitude' towards local consumers. Shanghai authorities on Sunday shut an OSI plant -- a supplier to McDonald's and KFC in China -- for mixing out-of-date meat with fresh product, re-labelling expired goods and other quality problems following an investigative report by a local television station. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - 2014/07/22: A KFC restaurant in a shopping mall. KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut and other Western brands are suffering a food safety crises in the Chinese market. On July 20, 2014, Shanghai Fuxi food Ltd. the meat supplier for well-known international fast food chains such as McDonalds and Yum Group, was exposed for using expired and bad chicken and beef. (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - 2014/07/22: A KFC restaurant in a shopping mall. KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut and other Western brands are suffering a food safety crises in the Chinese market. On July 20, 2014, Shanghai Fuxi food Ltd. the meat supplier for well-known international fast food chains such as McDonalds and Yum Group, was exposed for using expired and bad chicken and beef. (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - 2014/07/22: A McDonalds restaurant in a big shopping mall. KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut and other Western brands are suffering a food safety crises in the Chinese market. On July 20, 2014, Shanghai Fuxi food Ltd. the meat supplier for well-known international fast food chains such as McDonalds and Yum Group, was exposed for using expired and bad chicken and beef. (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - 2014/07/22: A KFC restaurant at a corner of street. KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut and other Western brands are suffering a food safety crises in the Chinese market. On July 20, 2014, Shanghai Fuxi food Ltd. the meat supplier for well-known international fast food chains such as McDonalds and Yum Group, was exposed for using expired and bad chicken and beef. (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)
This picture taken on July 20, 2014 shows workers producing food at the Shanghai Husi Food Co., a factory of US food provider OSI Group, in Shanghai. Shanghai city officials have shut a Shanghai Husi factory of US food provider OSI Group for selling out-of-date meat to restaurant giants including McDonald's and KFC, authorities said on July 21 in China's latest food safety scandal. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on July 20, 2014 shows workers producing food at the Shanghai Husi Food Co., a factory of US food provider OSI Group, in Shanghai. Shanghai city officials have shut a Shanghai Husi factory of US food provider OSI Group for selling out-of-date meat to restaurant giants including McDonald's and KFC, authorities said on July 21 in China's latest food safety scandal. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on July 20, 2014 shows a worker walking at the Shanghai Husi Food Co., a factory of US food provider OSI Group, in Shanghai. Shanghai city officials have shut a Shanghai Husi factory of US food provider OSI Group for selling out-of-date meat to restaurant giants including McDonald's and KFC, authorities said on July 21 in China's latest food safety scandal. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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By JOE McDONALD

BEIJING (AP) - A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets.

Chinese authorities expanded their investigation of the meat supplier, Shanghai company Husi Food Co. A day after Husi's food processing plant in Shanghai was sealed by the China Food and Drug Administration, the agency said Tuesday that inspectors also will look at its facilities and meat sources in five provinces in central, eastern and southern China.

The scandal surrounding Husi Food, which is owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois, has added to a string of safety scares in China over milk, medicines and other goods that have left the public wary of dairies, restaurants and other suppliers.

Food safety violations will be "severely punished," the food agency said on its website.

Starbucks Corp. on Tuesday said it removed from its shelves sandwiches made with chicken that originated at Husi. Burger King Corp. said it stopped using hamburger it received from a supplier that used product from Husi. Pizza restaurant chain Papa John's International Inc. announced it stopped using meat from Husi.

In Japan, McDonald's Corp. said it stopped selling McNuggets at more than 1,300 outlets that used chicken supplied by Husi. It said the Shanghai company had been supplying chicken to it since 2002.

A Shanghai broadcaster, Dragon TV, reported Sunday that Husi repackaged old beef and chicken and put new expiration dates on them. It said they were sold to McDonald's, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants.

McDonald's and Yum Brands Inc., which owns KFC and Pizza Hut, said they immediately stopped using meat from Husi. A third restaurant chain, Taiwanese-owned Dicos, also said Monday it stopped using meat from Husi.

In a statement, Husi said it was "appalled by the report" and would cooperate with the investigation. It promised to share the results with the public.

"Our company management believes this to be an isolated event, but takes full responsibility for the situation and will take appropriate actions swiftly and comprehensively," Husi said.

Some companies said they didn't deal with Husi but had discovered their suppliers bought meat from that company.

Food and drug safety is an unusually sensitive issue in China following scandals over the past decade in which infants, hospital patients and others have been killed or sickened by phony or adulterated milk powder, drugs and other goods.

Foreign fast food brands are seen as more reliable than Chinese competitors, though local brands have made big improvements in quality.

"If confirmed, the practices outlined in the report are completely unacceptable to McDonald's," the company's Chinese business said in a statement.

Yum's KFC is China's biggest restaurant chain, with more than 4,000 outlets and plans to open 700 more this year.

The company, based in Louisville, Kentucky, said in a statement that "food safety is the most important priority for us."

"We will not tolerate any violations of government laws and regulations from our suppliers," it said.

KFC sales in China plunged after state television reported in December 2013 some poultry suppliers violated rules on drug use in chickens. KFC overhauled quality controls and eliminated more than 1,000 small poultry producers from its supply network.

In Japan, McDonald's spokesman Kenji Kaniya said the affected stores are in Tokyo area and the cities of Nagano and Shizuoka.

Other chicken used by McDonald's in Japan comes from suppliers in Thailand and China, Kaniya said.

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