Yum, McDonald’s respond after China chicken report
MADRID (MarketWatch) — Yum Brands Inc. and McDonald’s Corp. said they’re making efforts to ensure food safety after a report by China Central Television that those companies may have sold chicken that was tainted, according to media reports Wednesday. State broadcaster CCT reportedly said two suppliers — Liuhe Group and Yingtai Food Group Co. — provided chickens that may have been fed antibiotics and growth hormones, reports said. Yum reportedly said in an e-mailed statement that it takes “food safety very seriously,” while McDonald’s said on its Chinese microblog a day prior that all chicken used in restaurants is tested at a third-party laboratory. Yum stopped buying from Liuhe in August, Bloomberg reported, but a spokesperson for the company didn’t respond to requests for comment on Yingtai.
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