Kentucky Fried Chicken has cut ties with more than 1,000 farms in China, following a food safety scandal that led to a dramatic drop in sales at the fast-food chain last year.
China said in December it was looking into charges that chickens at KFC suppliers had high levels of antibiotics. The public announcement led to a near-immediate 6 percent drop in KFC’s parent company, Yum! Brands, Agence France-Presse reported.
Yum! Brands executives have decided to stop using the suppliers that were identified as potential risks, AFP said.
“It will always be our top priority to provide customers with the safest chicken with the best quality,” Yum China’s chief executive officer, Sam Su, said, according to AFP. “We have seen some safety problems from the incident. … We aim to address the issue.”
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