McDonalds Japan Switches to Chicken from Thailand Owing to China Meat Scandal

Published Date : Jul 25, 2014

McDonald\'s Corp has halted the sale of items such as chicken nuggets and other chicken-related products in its Hong Kong outlets after it declared that it had also imported meat from Shanghai Husi Food, the Chinese company owned by US based OSI group, which is currently at the center of a food safety issue in China. 

McDonald’s had stated that certain products were imported from the Shanghai Husi Food company during the timeframe of last year’s month of July and this year’s month of June, but no food items from the supplier have remained in stock now. 

McDonald’s headquarters in Japan have stated on Friday that it would stop importing all chicken products from China and shift the business to Thailand. This would essentially mean a boost in purchases from its existing suppliers Cargill Thailand and McKey Foods Services (Thailand) Ltd. 

Last year, 62% chicken products of McDonald’s Japan were supplied by Thai suppliers and the rest by Chinese suppliers. 

Earlier this week, McDonald’s stated that chicken for nearly one fifth of its chicken nuggets had come from Shanghai Husi. So, it halted the sales of this product on Monday. 

The food scandal about the out-of-date chicken came into notice after a TV report by local news channel emerged showing the staff at the Shanghai Husi picking up food from the floor and adding it back to the mix, and repacking long expired meat. 

McDonald’s Japan has also stopped selling chicken and green salads, McSpicy chicken fillets and fresh corn cups and iced lemon tea.