Shanghai has asked foreign restaurant chains including McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) and Yum Brands Inc to reveal important details including the sources of their products amid latest food safety scarce in the country.
The Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration issued advisory to the global food chains as the city administration wants to regain trust among consumers after a food scare triggered safety concerns in China.
According to a post on the city’s official microblog, Burger King Worldwide Inc. (BKW), Carl’s Jr., McDonald’s Corp. (MCD), Papa John’s (PZZA) International Inc., Ting Hsin International Group’s Dicos and Yum! Brands Inc. (YUM) were among the food companies that were ordered to disclose the supplier information on their website.
According to the Shanghai authorities, they have ordered a probe last month against a food supplier which has been accused of selling expired meat in the city.
Meanwhile, scandals like fox meat which was sold as mutton have raised fears of unsafe products in the city in the last two years. Hence, by asking the restaurants chain to post their supplier details, authorities wanted to bring greater transparency.
Han Zheng, the Shanghai’s party secretary and senior leader, has pledged to crack down on food safety violations, bring transparency and improve product quality.
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