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The Head Of The US / Based Global Food Supplier OSI Group David McDonald , On Monday Acknowledged Standards Were Below Par At Chinese Subsidiary, Husi Food, And Told A Shanghai News Conference Sweeping Changes Would Follow China's Latest Food Safety Scare. McDonald His Company's Investigation Found Issues That Are Absolutely Inconsistent With Our Internal Requirements For The Highest Standards, Processes And Policies. The Scandal, Which Has Had A Rippling Effect Across China, Hong Kong And Japan, Has Also Impacted Global Food Brands Using OSI Products Such As McDonald's. KFC And Piuzza Hut- Parent Yum Brands And Starbucks Corporation, Was Triggered By A Local Shanghai Media Report Showing Husi Staff Using Expired Meat. Five Employees Were Detained By Police For Questioning. In A Statement Saturday On Its Website, OSI Said It Was Withdrawing All Products Made By Husi From The Marketplace. It Said A New  Management Team Was Being Brought Into China And Vowed To Take Swift And Decisive Action, Including Legal Measures, Against Those Responsible. The Company Said It Would Fully Cooperate With Chinese Regulators. Food Safety Is A Big Concern For Chinese Consumers After Dairy Products Tainted With Industrial Chemical Melamine Sickened Thousands And Led To The Deaths Of Six Infants In 2008. Dali Yang Is An Associate Political Science Professor At The Unversity Of Chicago's Center In Beijing. He Told Daybreak Asia's Victor Beattie This Is A Big Issues Because Husi For Years Has Been A Major Meat Supplier For Popular International Fast-Food Companies Across China.

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