Two Pizza Hut restaurants are currently under investigation for alleged food safety issues, the market regulator said on July 20.
According to an investigative report by Beijing News, the two establishments, located in the capital’s Haidian and Fengtai districts, are accused of serving expired food, tampering with expiry date labels and repeatedly using old oil to fry food. Store operations have been suspended for investigation, Pizza Hut China said on social media platform Sina Weibo the same day.
Officers from the Fengtai Market Regulation Office conducted an on-site inspection on Wednesday, examining the expiration dates of raw and semi-cooked materials, storage and operating practices. In the kitchen, they found a bag of expired bread, and other food safety issues were also found, such as a dirty cleaning and disinfection room with unwashed dishes and the storage of personal clothes in the food storage room.
The bureau also asked a third-party testing company to collect samples of certain food raw materials, such as oil, chicken wings and sausages. Test results have not yet been released. As a result, the office filed a complaint and closed the restaurant.
This is not the first time that the establishment has received a sanction for food safety concerns. According to Tianyancha, a business information provider, the restaurant had already been fined 50,000 yuan (7,240 euros) for using expired food materials and ingredients in March.
The Haidian District Market Regulation Office also carried out an inspection of a restaurant in the district, checking its operating practices and the log of the times of food entering and leaving the cold chain, and also entrusted to a third party the task of testing the raw materials. The office filed a case for further investigation.
Pizza Hut has more than 2,600 restaurants on the Chinese mainland. All are operated by Yum China, which operates 12,000 restaurants in China, including KFC and Taco Bell.