Sunday, May 05, 2013

China Busts People Selling Rat Meat As Mutton

Even though there are many bizarre and unappetizing meats that one can find in markets in China which end up on the plates of diners, some draw the line at rat meat, at least when it's being advertised as mutton. After all, some do eat rat. It probably has more to do with what they were injecting the rat meat with to pass it off as mutton.

In an announcement intended to show that the government is serious about improving food safety, the Ministry of Public Security said on Thursday that the police had caught a gang of traders in eastern China who bought rat, fox and mink flesh and sold it as mutton. But that and other cases of meat smuggling, faking and adulteration featured in Chinese newspapers and Web sites on Friday were unlikely to instill confidence in consumers already queasy over many reports about meat, fruit and vegetables laden with disease, toxins, banned dyes and preservatives.
Sixty-three people were arrested and accused of “buying fox, mink and rat and other meat products that had not undergone inspection,” which they doused in gelatin, red pigment and nitrates, and sold as mutton in Shanghai and adjacent Jiangsu Province for about $1.6 million, according to the ministry’s statement. The report, posted on the Internet, did not explain how exactly the traders acquired the rats and other creatures.
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