Food safety concerns from a suspect supplier have challenged Chinese consumer confidence in major American brands such as McDonald's, KFC and Taco Bell, and even more US brands including Starbucks, Burger King and Papa John's have been forced to make adjustments. Over the weekend the company said in a statement that it took "immediate steps" to remove products sourced from the supplier. The scandal-plagued producer supplied beef and Italian sausage toppings to five Papa John's stores in Shanghai.
Chinese authorities expanded the investigation of Shanghai company Husi Food, day after Husi's food-processing plant was sealed by the China Food and Drug Administration. The Chinese FDA said that inspectors also will look at Husi's facilities and meat sources in five provinces in central, eastern and southern China. Husi Food, which is owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Ill., is only the latest food safety scare in China, leaving the public fearful of milk, medicines, restaurants and other facilities.
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