McDonald's Sold Expired Food, Says Chinese Media

Staff Writer
Chinese food safety authorities will probe Beijing outlet amid concerns

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Amid growing concerns of food safety, Chinese media and officials have decried one Beijing McDonald's, plus the French retailer Carrefour, for selling expired chicken to consumers.

A Chinese state television report set off alarms last Thursday, when it said an outlet in Beijing sold chicken wings 90 minutes after they were cooked; the company's rules dictate that they must be sold within a 30-minute time limit. A Carrefour store in Zhengzhou, it said, changed the expiration dates on some chicken products and sold misleading "free-range" chickens that were regular birds.

In response, food safety authorities said they would probe the McDonald's in question; McDonald's also released an apology to its Chinese consumers on Friday. Carrefour also said they would lead their own investigation into the claims, and closed the store in question.