Shanghai regulators fine OSI and unit more than $3.6 million for meat scandal

Regulators in Shanghai slapped U.S. meat supplier OSI Group LLC and a local subsidiary with more than 24 million yuan ($3.6 million) in fines on Sunday, after a bid by the company to fight back against allegations of selling expired meat to fast-food chains ended in failure.

The fines were announced in a statement posted on Monday to the website of the Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration, which said that both OSI and its subsidiary, Shanghai Husi Food Co., would be put on a “black list” of food-safety violators.

Blacklisted firms face being banned from the food industry for between two and five years, according to local regulations.

The fines extend from a 2014 scandal in which Chinese units of OSI were accused by a local television station of selling out-of-date meat to a number of fast-food outlets, including McDonald’s Corp. and KFC parent Yum Brands Inc. A Shanghai court ruled the company guilty, fined its subsidiaries 2.4 million yuan and sentenced 10 people to prison.

In an unusual move for a foreign company in China, closely held OSI challenged the decision, but lost the appeal in July.

McDonald’s meat supplier OSI might quit China after scandal

US-based food supplier OSI may withdraw from the market in China after its Shanghai arm Husi Food supplied expired meat to fast food chains, including McDonald’s and KFC.

MW-CO437_china__20140727232405_MGMcDonald’s China has officially terminated its partnership with Husi and has teamed up with new suppliers.

McDonald’s China confirmed its new list of five meat suppliers, consisting of McKey, Cargill, Hormel, Trident and Sunner, reports Shanghai’s China Business News.

Even though executives at OSI tried to save the company’s business in China, OSI’s partners have refused to take a risk by continuing the partnership.

Burger King, KFC and 7-Eleven have also terminated their business with OSI.

OSI, which was founded in 1909, is the designated global supplier for top fast-food chain restaurants, including McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut.

It spent over two decades and US$750 million to build its business in China, which has collapsed after the expired meat scandal.