If you listened at all to the news the last few years you’ve probably heard of all the problems related to food products originating from China. Deadly infant formula, BBQ “pork” made from cardboard, dog food and treats that kill Fido, and a host of other things.
|Can you tell how much of this came from China? |
It's probably more than you think.
So – would you eat any food products that you knew were made in China and shipped to our shores for consumption? Well, if you eat at just about any major fast food place you probably have.
China’s OSI Group (pronounced OH-see) is a supplier for chains including McDonald's, KFC, Burger King and Starbucks, all of which get ingredients from a unit of OSI known in China and Taiwan as the Husi Food Co. Workers at their Shanghai plant were caught repackaging old beef and chicken and slapping new expiration dates on them.
With over 50 plants worldwide, not even these chains can tell you for sure where the food they are serving really came from. While some of their U.S. plants’ products are manufactured entirely from U.S. produced food stuffs, some are made from ingredients imported from China. And still others, like McDonalds sausages patties, are made entirely in China and shipped here for us to “enjoy.”
A spokeswoman for McDonald’s, Heidi Barker Sa Shekhem, said the Shanghai plant supplies products including sausage patties, ham patties, beef patties and chicken nuggets. Globally, she declined to specify how much meat and other items OSI provides McDonald's, citing competitive reasons.
So the next time you are at McDonald’s (or just about any other fast food place) it might be more appropriate for you to take along a pair of chop sticks. After all, you’re probably eating Chinese.