May 6th, 2013
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Police in China have spent three months seizing bogus meat, some of it fake beef or mutton made out of fox, mink and rat.

They snatched up around 20,000 tons of illegal products, according to state news agency Xinhua.

In 382 cases, officials arrested 904 suspects for passing off counterfeit meat, meat injected with water or diseased flesh to consumers, the news agency said.

Other offenders allegedly added chemicals illegally to their products, the agency said.

Two "meat processing and selling dens" in southwest China allegedly used hydrogen peroxide to process chicken claws, Xinhua said.

The raids were the first part of a food safety enforcement campaign from the Ministry of Public Security, Xinhua reported.

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  1. Sam summers

    Yuck! I wouldn't be surprised if some of the large scale meat packing plants in America do the same :). I'm kinda kidding but really who knows what is commercially made beef. I always buy from small family farms. One place I have great luck with and always get awesome beef from is I stopped buying meat at the grocery store after the pink slime incident and heard about they "tenderize" steaks with a nasty machine that basically presses needles onto the meat. BTW they also cal l pink slime "Finely textured beef" now – yuck!

    December 1, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
  2. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Anyone with a noodle on their neck knows they are taking a risk when ordering "meat" in a lot of Asian countries.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
  3. 12neecee

    Reblogged this on Seriously Niece?! and commented:
    I'm going to China in a couple weeks :-(
    I dont want to be fed rat meat lol Luckily the chinese government has been cleaning up the offenders and offensive meat.

    May 6, 2013 at 11:25 am |
    • mrsbuttersbitsandbites

      You just have to vigilant about what and where you are eating. I live and China an thus far have not had a problem but I also make a point of buying things like beef from a butcher that uses only imported meat.

      May 10, 2013 at 4:34 am |
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