(Corrects to remove phrase "on its behalf" in paragraph four.
It is not known who ordered the audit.)
By Lisa Baertlein
July 22 McDonald's Corp Chief Executive
Don Thompson said the company feels "a bit deceived" by the
audit it received for China supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd,
which was shut down after a television report showed workers
mishandling meat and mixing fresh meat with product past its
"We are no longer serving product from the primary facility
there that has the challenges and the issues," Thompson said on
a conference call following its quarterly report on Tuesday.
McDonald's and many other food companies rely on third
parties to perform audits to check whether facilities are
complying with food safety rules and other regulations. It is
not uncommon for suppliers at the center of food safety scandals
to have received high marks on their audits.
McDonald's did not immediately comment on the timing of the
Husi Food audit or the name of the auditing firm that visited
its now controversial plant.
Husi Food is a unit of Illinois-based OSI Group.
"I know there's a couple other facilities that they had that
have been cleared now by the Chinese government," Thompson said.
It was not immediately clear whether McDonald's had stopped
sourcing products from those other facilities.
(Reporting by Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles)