Tainted Duck Meat Sold as Mutton
Created: 2013-02-06 10:54 EST
China state media reported that a gang has been arrested in the last few days for allegedly processing duck meat with highly toxic additives and then selling it to restaurants as mutton.
Thirty four people were arrested along with a large store of tainted meat and chemicals.
China Daily reported that when police searched the factory in Liaoning Province in northeastern China, duck meat was found soaked in a stew of chemicals and mutton fat, along with other additives.
The meat contained more than 2,000 times the legal limit of sodium nitrite.
Mutton is generally much pricier than duck in China.
The fake mutton was sold at less than half the market price to small and medium-sized restaurants, which are stocking up for Chinese New Year.
Chinese state radio said the suspects in the case sold more than a ton of the tainted meat to restaurants and distributors.
The seizure of the tainted duck meat is yet another black mark on China’s beleaguered food industry.