January 25, 2013
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chicken sold to KFC's parent Yum Brands Inc in
China contained excessive levels of chemicals, the official Xinhua news
agency reported on Friday, escalating a month-long food scare that has
hit Yum's sales in its biggest market.
Yum and McDonald's Corp's have come under intense scrutiny from local
media since the official China Central Television reported in late
December that some of the chicken supplied to them contained excess
amounts of antiviral drugs and hormones used to accelerate growth.
On investigating, the Shanghai Food and Drug
Administration found the levels of antibiotics and steroids in KFC
chicken were safe, though the watchdog found a suspicious level of an
antiviral drug in one of the eight samples tested.