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KFC hit by chicken chem food scare

by Jack Losh, The Sun  |  published on February 9, 2013

Parent company Yum Brands – which also owns Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – has been hit with a drop in profits in the wake of the food safety scare.

And last month, local media reported that one of China’s largest suppliers to McDonald’s and KFC had bought sick chicken from farms then sold them to the food outlets.

With 5,300 restaurants in China, the Far Eastern country is one of Yum’s biggest markets, accounting for more than half its sales.

KFC China’s profits plunged following reports in December that two of its suppliers had purchased battery chickens from farmers using excessive levels of antibiotics on their animals.

Government food safety agencies then began probing the supply chain of the scandal-plagued company.

The fast food giant now fears “adverse publicity” over chemical residue found in its chicken may cause profits to plummet by 25 per cent in 2013, following a 6 per cent dip to £214m in the fourth quarter of last year.

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