採訪/田淨 編輯/陳潔 後製/郭敬
Expired Rotten Meat Provided By Shanghai Foreign
Company Sparks Hot Debate
Recently, Shanghai Husi Food company, a subsidiary of a US
Company, was exposed supplying expired rotten or even
mouldy and smelly meat to famous international fast food
companies including McDonald’s and KFC.
This information caused an uproar.
Let’s take a look together.
July 20, Shanghai Dragon TV aired a film of the processing
of questionable meat with its reporter under cover
as a worker in Husi for two months.
June 18, they used 18 tons of frozen chicken skin and chicken
breast, 2 weeks out of date, to make Chicken
June 11, Pizza Hut even used 10 tons of mouldy meat
seven months out of date to process into its steak.
The shelf life was automatically extended for one year.
The report said at least 15 chain restaurants and stores
are implicated in China, including McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza
Hut, 7-Eleven convenience stores, Starbucks, and others.
On July 20 evening, Shanghai Food and Drug Administration
said they closed down the Shanghai Husi Food Company.
They also requested all Shanghai KFC, and McDonald’s to remove
all questionable products.
Shanghai Food and Drug Administration Office staff: “it’s
very hidden and complicated due to so many raw materials.
The investigation is going on now and the police are involved
Shanghai Husi Food Company representative acknowledged
when talking to the investigation team that it is consistent
company policy to use the expired raw materials.
He also said the company executives instructed the “problem
operation":meaning they were to go ahead and use the stuff.
Beijing political watcher Hua Po: “It rarely happened
in traditional Chinese society before because there was
a traditional morality.
Mao Zedong denied traditional morality; Deng Xiaoping stressed
putting money above everything.
In this case, the Chinese people have no sense of propriety,
justice, honesty and honour.
I am not surprised it happened because there is no legal
or moral sense in China now."
Mainland First Financial Daily quoted Husi staff’s words that
McDonald’s and other companies came for random
spot checks; but they were mostly posturing.
They will notify the factory beforehand.
The factory would set aside the illegal products temporarily.
The illegal products will be processed after the investigation.
Some netizen said that only in China, McDonald’s and KFC
dare to ignore life.
Other netizen said the problem is from the supplier; the basic
reason is the government food quality inspection department’s
dereliction of duty.
A former executive of an international food company told the
media that Husi is just a case of bad luck.
The exposure of Husi was just a tip of the iceberg.
Husi food is owned by OSI Group, the world’s
largest meat and vegetable processor.
Some netizens said: It is absolutely safe in a foreign country!
But in China, they have problems one after another.
It’s really if you live with a lame person you will learn to limp!
Hua Po: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Why dare not the international companies have any deviant
First their moral environment does not allow it, besides,
there is a legal system for punishment along
with the managerial mechanism.
It’s different in China because the foreign company dare not
bribe officials in another country; but they can do it in China.
They have to do it to survive under the regime’s political
and social environment.”
According to the report, July 22, the customers still
need to wait in a long queue to buy in KFC which is close
to Shanghai Renji Hospital.
A middle-aged woman in the queue said there’s no other
relatively clean restaurants close to the hospital.
Some netizen questioned if there is any restaurant
can be trusted in China when even McDonald’s has a problem.
Hua Po: “some poison food means nothing in China.
The foreign company’s food is much safer than Chinese food.
Although the meat is rotten, it’s still not too bad since there is
no chemical product in it.
It’s not a big deal in China.
This news is small in China but hyped by some narrow
nationalists or people who have a conflict of interest."
July 21, the U.S. headquarters of Husi group, OSI, issued an
apology statement and said an investigation team has been
set up to co-operate with the Chinese investigation.
In addition to scolding the companies’ lack of conscience,
the netizens also suspect that it is not simple.
Interview/TianJing Edit/ChenJie Post-Production/GuoJing