October 18, 2017 / 4:40 PM / a year ago

UPDATE 1-McDonald's S.Korea office raided in burger probe -reports

 (Adds McDonald's comment in 4th paragraph)
    SEOUL, Oct 18 (Reuters) - South Korean investigators raided
the Seoul office of McDonald's Corp         on Wednesday
following a series of complaints that  children fell ill after
eating hamburger patties alleged to have been undercooked,
Yonhap News Agency and other media said.  
    The Seoul central district prosecutors' office confiscated
some documents and evidence at the office and three other
companies, including an ingredient supplier, the reports said.
    A spokeswoman at the office confirmed the raid to Reuters
but gave no reason or details. Prosecutors could not immediately
be reached for comment on the issue.    
    "We take this matter very seriously," company spokeswoman
Karen Kim said. "McDonald's Korea continues to fully cooperate
with all relevant authorities."
    In July, a consumer filed a complaint against the U.S. firm,
saying her 4-year-old daughter was diagnosed with hemolytic
uremic syndrome, often referred to as hamburger disease, after
suffering irreversible kidney damage following the consumption
of a McDonald's hamburger last year, Yonhap said.
    Complaints also were filed by parents of four more children
who became sick after eating McDonald's burgers. 
    In August, consumers at a McDonald's in the southwestern
city of Jeonju reported stomach aches and high fever after
eating bulgogi burgers. The chain temporarily halted sales of
the burgers, launched in 1997, to determine the cause.
    Last year, talks to sell McDonald's South Korean business to
domestic firm KG Chemical Corporation             collapsed over
what KG called "a large difference of opinion."             

 (Reporting by Haejin Choi; Sdditional reporting by Lisa
Baertlein in Los Angeles; Editing by Hyunjoo Jin and Bill Trott)
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