采访/易如 编辑/宋风 后制/黎安安
Yet Another Scandal against Foreign Food Brands in China, Why?
Food safety scandals have frequently broken out in
Toxic milk powder, Sudan Red, lean meat powder and
gutter oil have left Chinese no place to hide.
Many Chinese thus turned to international food brands.
However, Shanghai Husi Food, a U.S.-owned meat supplier,
was reported to use long expired meat.
As the scandal spreads, Shanghai Husi Food has been shut
down, and five of its employees arrested by the police.
As an international brand, Husi’s scandal has also involved
food safety concerns in Hong Kong and Japan.
Let’s look at the following report.
After secret investigation for two months, Shanghai Dragon
TV broadcast videos about food safety issues in McDonald’s,
KFC and other international fast food brands.
According to the report, the meat provider of those fast
food brands, Shanghai Husi Food is suspected of using
long expired beef and chicken.
The videos clearly show that workers put expired food
ingredients into the meat grinder.
After being breaded and fried, expired meat was made into
McDonald’s chicken nuggets and KFC’s bacon sandwiches,
which are both among favorite foods of Chinese children.
Dragon TV said, Husi printed “new" expiry dates for the
meat and then supplied fast food restaurants such as
McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut with it.
Employees of the famous meat providers even told
the journalist that “Expired meat is hard to find and
does not kill people".
With the scandal being exposed, Shanghai Husi becomes
the target of the whole Chinese society.
The company has been shut down and five of its employees
detained by Shanghai police.
There are media reports saying Husi may be subject to
a fine of 7 billion Yuan ($1.13 billion).
Even McDonald’s chief executive told media that
the company felt “deceived" by Shanghai Husi.
Japanese importers that purchased 6000 tons of processed
meat products per year have stopped the trade immediately.
Hong Kong importers have also done the same.
Shanghai Husi is owned by U.S.-based OSI Group, which is
an international food service provider.
OSI Group owns over 50 food processing plants in
17 countries, and ranked 62nd in Forbes 2013 list of
OSI group entered China’s poultry industry in 2010, and
is estimated to have a trading volume of 100 million
fowls in China this year.
Lu Jun, director of Beijing Yirenping Center:"The Chinese
Communist Party (CCP) is overly depending on
Neither justice system nor customers or civil groups have
functioned well on food safety issues.
Therefore we see such scandals frequently breaking out."
Director of Yirenping Center, Lu Jun comments that
the CCP’s system is like a “dye vat" that leads to corruption.
Even reputable foreign companies are negatively influenced
if they enter the CCP’s corrupt administrative and
On the other hand, in other places with looser administration,
Chinese food companies can share similar problems
This is far from the first time that foreign food brands
are hit by scandals in China.
Only KFC has experienced several scandals in the past.
In 2005, KFC was hit by the Sudan Red incident.
In 2011, “soybean milk scandal" broke out.
In 2012, KFC’s hamburger bacteria level was detected to
exceed the standard.
Last year, “instant chicken" issue struck
the international brand again in China.
Zhang Jian, researcher of China social issues, says China’s
food safety issues result from
“Not abide by the law", “Not strictly enforce the law",
and weak regulation or supervision.
The fall of reputable foreign companies under China’s
bad circumstance exactly proves how important
an overall social regime is.
Zhang Jian,:"If companies
want to simultaneously make profits and offer reliable
food quality, the key lies in the social regime
instead of companies’ moral standards.
Without a healthy environment, even good business owners
can be forced to do bad things due to unhealthy competition."
On the other hand, the CCP mouthpieces had frequently
reported scandals directed against foreign food companies
The CCTV recently claimed that the “frequent locations"
in iPhone’s “location Services" feature may “pose a threat
to national security."
Apple Inc. responded that the function won’t expose user
location and it had never worked with any governmental
agency to exploit the function.
Interview/YiRu Edit/SongFeng Post-Production/Lianan