U.S. meat supplier OSI Group said Monday that it was suspending operations at its Chinese subsidiary after media reports tied it to China's latest food scare.
OSI, based in Aurora, Ill., said Shanghai Husi Food Co. failed to comply with the company's safety standards after it conducted its own internal investigation following last week's TV report that Husi was selling expired meat to fast-food chains.
"I am appalled that something so completely unacceptable has happened in a company that I own," said Sheldon Lavin, the group's owner. "I will not try and defend it or explain it. It was just terribly wrong."
Neither OSI nor the Chinese food safety agency has confirmed that the plant sold rotten meat. However, OSI said it pulled all products manufactured by Shanghai Husi and replaced its management team in China, stating that it "will take swift and decisive action against those responsible" for the meat scandal.