A McDonald's restaurant in Beijing was closed for business Friday as its other outlets across the country were closely inspected for potential food safety loopholes. The inspections were ordered by China's food watchdog after state TV exposed violations at the Beijing outlet in Sanlitun, Shanghai Daily reported.
McDonald's was among a number of companies, including Carrefour and Shanghai Roadway D&B, whose food and management irregularities were highlighted the CCTV program "China's Consumer Rights Day" on Thursday.
The McDonald's Sanlitun outlet in the Chinese capital sold chicken wings 90 minutes after they were cooked, in contravention of the company's 30-minute rule, according to footage broadcast by CCTV. Store staff were also seen changing expiry dates and picking up raw beef that had fallen on the ground and putting it back in its packaging.
In a statement issued Friday, McDonald's said: "Though it is an isolated case... we'll immediately investigate the restaurant and mete out serious punishment."
(China.org.cn, CNTV March 19, 2012)