Chinese Arrest 6 OSI Group Employees on Meat Safety Violations

(Chicago Tribune/MCT) -

Chinese authorities have arrested six employees of OSI Group in connection with meat safety violations at an overseas food plant owned by the suburban Chicago company.

A Shanghai Husi Food plant, which supplied products to McDonald’s restaurants and other major chains in China, was shut down in July after media reports showed workers mixing meat beyond its expiration date and picking up meat from a factory floor.

The six employees were charged with selling substandard food products.

“The OSI Group will continue to cooperate fully and in good faith with the authorities,” the company said in a statement Friday. “We support the government’s consistent application of the country’s food quality and safety laws.”

The food-safety issue has been a blow to both OSI and McDonald’s, which saw its Asia sales fall sharply in July. OSI also supplies to other major restaurant chains in China, including Yum Brands Inc.’s KFC.