Mc­Don­ald’s out­lets in Shang­hai pass health in­spec­tions

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHOU WENTING in Shang­hai zhouwent­ing@ chi­

Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion in­spected four Mc­Don­ald’s restau­rants in the city on Thurs­day and didn’t find any food safety prob­lems, the In­for­ma­tion Of­fice of Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Govern­ment said late on Thurs­day.

Items in­clud­ing the restau­rants’ pur­chase records, em­ploy­ees’ op­er­at­ing pro­cesses and the san­i­ta­tion of the kitchen were checked.

The in­spec­tion came af­ter a for­mer em­ployee of the US fast food be­he­moth in Louisiana posted pic­tures on so­cial me­dia of a greasy part from a ma­chine that he claimed pro­duced ice cream, which trig­gered an on­line dis­cus­sion in China.

Zhang Qi, restau­rant man­ager of a store on Min­hang dis­trict’s Hechuan Road, told the in­spec­tors that the ice cream ma­chine is dis­in­fected daily and is opened ev­ery 14 days for main­te­nance and clean­ing by tech­ni­cians.

Records pro­vided by Zhang showed that the ma­chine was last cleaned on July 22.

Data from the FDA showed that 254 spot checks have been per­formed in the city’s Mc­Don­ald’s restau­rants so far this year and there was noth­ing sub­stan­dard.

Mc­Don­ald’s China said in a state­ment on Thurs­day that the US branch had ver­i­fied that the ma­chine part in the pic­tures was an in­ner tray that car­ries drip­ping lu­bri­cant when the ma­chine is run­ning, and the part has no con­tact with food.

The com­pany as­sured Chi­nese con­sumers that “the is­sue has noth­ing to do with the Chi­nese restau­rants” and said it im­me­di­ately in­spected sev­eral stores af­ter the in­ci­dent and found all the ice cream ma­chines met the com­pany’s stan­dards.

“We earnestly re­quest the pub­lic to trust us that we have rig­or­ous stan­dards for food safety, which is al­ways our pri­or­ity,” read the state­ment from the com­pany.

Qi Feng from Quanzhou, Fu­jian prov­ince, who used to work part time in a Mc­Don­ald’s restau­rant dur­ing hol­i­days while at uni­ver­sity, said the store has strict rules and man­age­ment of san­i­ta­tion, dis­in­fec­tion and dis­card­ing ex­pired prod­ucts.

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