China investigates 600 fast food outlets in 'rotten' meat scare

China China's food regulator has visited 600 fast food outlets and food distributors after five people were arrested over fears they had been distributing out-of-date or rotten meat, the watchdog said.

Big chains like McDonald's, Starbucks and KFC-parent group Yum Brands Inc have been named as having potential links to OSI Group, the US parent of China-based meat-processing factory at the center of the incident.

China visits 600 fast food outlets over 'rotten' meat scare

Security guards stand inside the OSI group where the meat is alleged to have been processed. Credit: Reuters

China's food regulator has visited 600 fast food outlets and food distributors over fears out-of-date or rotten meat is being sold for consumption, the watchdog said in a statement.

Big chains like McDonald's, Starbucks and KFC-parent group Yum Brands Inc have already been dragged into the safety scare.

The investigation comes after five people from OSI Group, the US parent of China-based meat-processing factory at the center of the incident, were arrested. Yum has now severed ties with the group.

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