BEIJING, March 13 China's Ministry of Health
said on Tuesday tests at six outlets of U.S. fast food chain KFC
showed chemicals used in the cooking process at its restaurants
in the country were not harmful.
KFC, a unit of U.S. fast food group Yum Brands (YUM.N), was
targeted by domestic media this month for using magnesium
silicate, or talc, in filters used to purify cooking oil. The
reports suggested the chemical may be harmful if consumed.
The Ministry of Health said tests showed that using the
product to filter cooking oil had no apparent impact on health.
Food scares regularly sweep the Chinese media.
KFC, which has more than 1,700 restaurants in China and says
it is the largest and fastest-growing fast food chain in the
country, came under scrutiny in 2005 after a possibly
carcinogenic food dye was found in some of its chicken products.
Yum apologised and said the chemical had been removed from
all its food processing.