KFC And McDonald's Meat Exposed As Toxic And Poisonous!!
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#1 Dec 22, 2012
KFC, McDonald's Slammed In Poultry Exposé
China state TV broadcaster CCTV reported Tuesday that a key poultry supplier to KFC and McDonalds adds 18 banned antibiotics to its feed, according to Shanghais First Financial Daily.
The primary blame was heaped on Liuhe Group for using banned chemicals including dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant steroid, to stimulate growth. The report also criticized KFCs parent Yum! Brands for failing to test chicken for banned substances.
McDonalds and KFC responded immediately to the CCTV report with statements claiming strict control over their supply chains.
KFC added that it had already stopped buying poultry from Liuhe. McDonalds was unable to confirm whether it still used the Shandong-based group as a supplier.
The Liuhe branch accused of the food safety violation is located in the city of Pingdu in Shandong province. Its operations had already been suspended by local regulators. Two executives at the facility admitted that no testing was done there for banned substances and that the antibiotics were added to the feed without any outside monitoring.
Both US-based fast-food giants had already been embroiled in what Chinas media have come to call Chickengate after Wintop Food, another of their major poultry suppliers, had used banned hormones to speed up the fattening process of their poultry.
The current scandal over chicken sourcing is the result of trying to grow too fast in China, say analysts. Part of the reason may be the intense competition between the two chains. Yum Brands got a head start in China 25 years ago as the first foreign fast-food chain. It currently has over 4,000 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants there, up from 3,000 just two years ago and 1,000 nine years ago.
McDonalds has about 1,400 stores in China but is striving to catch up with Yum while maintaining a solid profit margin.
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