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Burger King drops supplier after China food safety scare

Fast food chain Burger King Worldwide Inc on Thursday (July 31) said it will not purchase from supplier OSI Group LLC in China, following a food safety scare.

LOS ANGELES: Fast food chain Burger King Worldwide Inc on Thursday (July 31) said it will not purchase from supplier OSI Group LLC in China, where it has about 200 restaurants. A spokesperson for the chain said this could cause some temporary menu item shortages at its restaurants in China.

Burger King’s decision to cut ties with OSI follows a food safety scare in China, where workers at Shanghai Husi Food allegedly used expired meat and altered manufacturing dates. OSI is the US parent company of Shanghai Husi. Authorities have closed Shanghai Husi’s plant and arrested five people.

The restaurant chain has launched a probe into the scandal and halted the sale of products from Husi factories in Shanghai.

Yum Brands, China’s largest Western food outlet operator, had warned on Wednesday that the food safety scandal has caused a “significant, negative” impact on sales at KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants. Yum dropped OSI after the scandal broke.

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