Arrests Five Involved in Expired Meat Scandal
Chinese police have arrested five employees of a Shanghai-based food supplier accused of selling expired meat to several fast food chains in China, including McDonald's and KFC.
Shanghai police said Wednesday those arrested include the head of the Husi Food Company and its quality manager. Husi Food Company is a unit of the U.S.-based food supplier OSI Group.
China's Dragon TV on Sunday reported workers at Husi were mixing expired meat with fresh product, relabeling out-of-date goods, and using meat that had fallen onto the floor.
The official Xinhua news agency on Wednesday quoted officials as saying some of the problems at Husi were not limited to certain individuals, but were "an arrangement organized by the company."
Restaurants including McDonald's, KFC, Burger King and Starbucks have pulled products using Husi's meat. There have been no reports of widespread sickness. Some of the meat was also sold in Japan.
The report has angered many Chinese, who are particularly sensitive toward food safety issues following repeated food safety scandals in recent years that have killed many people, including infants.
China's Xi Hails Close Ties with Cuba
The head of China's Communist Party, Xi Jinping, hailed the common socialist bond between his country and Cuba as he kicked off a state visit in Havana.
President Xi was welcomed Tuesday by a military guard of honor at the Palace of the Revolution, where he met with Cuban President Raul Castro.
Mr. Castro said his country's ties with China are "at their best in history." Mr. Xi also praised the multi-faceted relationship.
Mr. Xi also met briefly with aging revolutionary leader and former President Fidel Castro as he began his two-day visit.
The trip is meant to expand political ties between the two allies and boost Chinese investment in Cuba.
China is Cuba's biggest international creditor and its second biggest trading partner, behind Venezuela.
On Wednesday, Mr. Xi will travel to Santiago de Cuba, which was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Cuba is the last stop on a four-nation tour of Latin American countries, some of which have often been shunned by American investors.
The trip also included state visits to Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil.