MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – McDonald's Philippines on Thursday said it does not source any of its meat products from China.
In a statement, McDonald's stressed the safety of its customers is a top priority.
"McDonald’s Philippines would like to assure our customers that their safety is our utmost concern and we will remain vigilant in maintaining our food quality standards," the company said.
McDonald's issued the statement following the recent food safety scandal in China.
"We would like to attest that we do not source any of our meat products from China, particularly the facility [Husi Shanghai] that is currently under investigation," McDonald's Philippines said.
The fast food giant said it ensures that its suppliers comply with international and local food safety standards.
"Due to the recent incident in Shanghai, China, we immediately conducted a due diligence check on all our suppliers and on the source of raw ingredients. We would like to reaffirm that our suppliers are operating with full certification and accreditation from government agencies (i.e. National Meat Inspection Commission) and third party assessors (i.e. ISO)," it said.
Meat supplier OSI Group's Chinese unit is at the center of a food safety scandal. A Chinese TV report claimed that Shanghai Husi mixed expired meat with fresh produce.
Following the scandal, KFC and Pizza Hut parent Yum Brands, as well as McDonald's Japan and Hong Kong units cut its ties with OSI.