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July 24- Dunkin' Brands Group Inc cut its 2014 outlook on Thursday as its U.S. doughnut shops battled fast-food rivals like McDonald's Corp and high milk prices softened profits from its international Baskin-Robbins ice cream business. The company also cited weakness in its Baskin-Robbins joint venture in Japan for the reduction in its 2014 forecast.
July 24- Dunkin' Brands Group Inc cut its full-year forecasts on Thursday, as its U.S. Dunkin' Donuts shops battled fierce competition from fast-food rivals like McDonald's Corp and as high milk prices softened profits from its international Baskin-Robbins ice cream business.
*China food regulator visits 581 food-related businesses. Shanghai police detained five people on Wednesday, including the head and the quality chief of Shanghai Husi Food, a supplier to foreign fast-food brands including KFC, McDonald's Corp and coffee chain Starbucks Corp over allegations it supplied out-of-date meat.
Fast food chains in China suspended use of products from Shanghai Husi Food Co. after a television station reported last weekend it repackaged and sold meat past its use-by date. I will not try to and defend it or explain it, "said Sheldon Lavin, chairman and chief executive of Aurora, Illinois- based OSI Group, which owns Husi Food.
SHANGHAI, July 24- China's food regulator has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributors as it investigates a fast-spreading food safety scare that has dragged in a number of global brands and hit food outlets as far away as Japan.
Adrian Hearn, Research Fellow at the University of Sydney's China Studies Centre, says enforcement and corruption issues undermine regulations on food safety in the mainland.
Yum severed ties with OSI Group after police detained five people from the supplier's meat-processing factory at the center of a food-safety scare.
July 23- Eight months ago in front of a crowd of food industry executives gathered at a fancy Chicago hotel, a top McDonald's Corp executive lauded the boss of meat supplier OSI Group for his dedication to the fast-food giant's "McFamily".
CHICAGO, July 23- OSI Group, the U.S.-based meat supplier at the center of a new food safety scandal in China, on Wednesday admitted to problems at a plant in Shanghai that have cost the company business with top fast-food chain Yum Brands Inc..
OSI Group, a privately-held company based in Aurora, Illinois, was thrust into the spotlight this weekend when a Chinese TV station reported that one of its Shanghai plants repackaged old beef and chicken and slapped new expiration dates on them.
SHANGHAI/ LANGFANG, China, July 23- Yum Brands Inc's China division severed ties to OSI China after Shanghai police detained five people from that supplier's meat processing factory at the center of a food safety scare that has ensnared several major Western brands.
Some of Wednesday's midday movers:
July 23- Yum Brands Inc's China division has stopped buying from OSI China, after Shanghai police detained five people connected to the meat supplier's factory at the center of a new food safety scandal, Yum said on Wednesday.
The scandal surrounding Husi, which is owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois, has alarmed Chinese diners.
July 23- Yum Brands Inc's China division has stopped buying from OSI China, after Shanghai police detained five people connected to the food supplier's factory at the center of a new food safety scandal, Yum said on Wednesday.
SHANGHAI, July 23- Shanghai police said on Wednesday they detained five people in an investigation into a Chinese-based supplier of foreign fast-food brands, including KFC, McDonald's Corp and coffee chain Starbucks Corp, over allegations the firm supplied old and rotten meat.
Some of the illegal conduct was an "arrangement organized by the company," the deputy director of the agency's Shanghai bureau, Gu Zhenghua, told the official Xinhua News Agency. Those in criminal detention include Husi's quality manager, the Shanghai police department said on its microblog account.
Brian Nelson, President of Equity Research at Valuentum Securities, explains why the latest food safety scandal won't have a lasting impact on McDonald's and Yum Brands.
SHANGHAI, July 23- Food safety violations at Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a supplier to global brands including McDonald's Corp and Yum Brands Inc, were company-led and not the acts of individuals, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the Shanghai food and drug watchdog.
The latest food scandal in China is spreading fast, dragging in U.S. coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King, as well as McDonald's products from Japan.