Chinese authorities charge 10 people in expired meat investigation
Chinese prosecutors have charged 10 people connected with Shanghai Husi Food Co., after the company was accused of selling expired meat to fast food companies in Chine. Shanghai Husi is a unit of OSI Group LLC.
According to the Wall Street Journal, courts in Shanghai brought charges of selling substandard products against 10 people connected with two OSI meat-processing facilities in Shanghai and in China’s northern Hebei province, the Shanghai People’s Procuratorate said in a statement on its website late Wednesday in China. A processing manager for OSI China was among those charged.
A statement from OSI Group read: “Shanghai Jia Ding District People’s Procuratorate announced today it has transferred the case against Shanghai and Hebei Husi Foods Ltd., as well as ten employees, to judicial authority for court assignment.
“Indictments have been received from Jia Ding District People’s Court and we will address the charges according to legal procedures.
“We have confidence in China’s legal system and believe that the judicial authority will come to a fair and reasonable judgment with full respect to the facts and laws.
Last year, an undercover video showed workers at Shanghai Husi processing expired meat. Several foodservice customers cut ties with the company following the report, and six employees were arrested following an investigation into the company’s practices. The employees have been held for the past year without charges. It is unclear which employees had been arrested or if any have legal representation.