Potentially Contaminated Patties
The Prosecutor's Office investigating the McDonald's Hamburger disease case requested arrest warrants for three people from hamburger patty suppliers to McDonald's.
They are suspected of distributing patties potentially contaminated with coliform without proper inspection, but the cause and effect related to the hamburger disease have not yet been identified.
Oh Ye-jin has more.
The Supreme Prosecutors' Office requested arrest warrants for a director in charge of operations for the hamburger patty supplier along with the Plant Manager and Product Quality Management Section Chief.
They are suspected of violating the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act by distributing hamburger patties that were potentially contaminated with Enterohemorrhagic E. coli without checking its safety, and these patties were being supplied to most McDonald's stores in Korea.
The Prosecutor's Office has stated, "They are suspected of supplying the patties without going through a safety confirmation process through accurate sanitary inspection."
But it has not yet been confirmed that this patty is directly linked to "McDonald's Hamburger Disease."
The Prosecutors' Office seized and searched four locations including the headquarters of McDonald's Korea and this supplier on the 18th of last month. They are focusing on finding the cause and effect of the hamburger disease based on the materials secured.
The parents of a five-year-old girl who was diagnosed with a renal disorder known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) after eating a hamburger from McDonald's pressed charges through the Prosecutor's Office against McDonald's Korea for violation of the Food Sanitation Act.
A total of five reports were filed for similar damages afterwards and the attention falls on how much the investigation by the Prosecutors' Office can reveal regarding the suspicions surrounding the hamburger disease related to McDonald's.
Oh Ye-jin reporting for Yonhap News TV.
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