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KFC owner apologizes over scandal of 'instant chicken'

By Xu Chi (Shanghai Daily)

08:52, January 11, 2013

FAST food giant Yum Brands Inc, owner of KFC and Pizza Hut, yesterday apologized for a recent "instant chicken" scandal and conceded it hadn't reported excessive antibiotics detected in chicken samples.

The company published an open letter to customers on KFC's official website to apologize for not reporting the test results and for not quickly changing suppliers.

The company said it had found faults in food testing procedures, and a lack of communication inside the company and with the public.

It promised to improve testing procedures and require suppliers to complete testing before delivering food to prevent problem products reaching the company.

It also promised to strengthen communication with local government and report problems to supervisors in time.

The letter was published about three weeks after the company was found to be using "instant chicken" from birds fed chemicals laced with illegal medicine and 18 kinds of antibiotics to keep them alive and speed up their growth.

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