There has been yet another food fraud, and this time it doesn’t involve horse meat. The New York Times reports that rat meat has been passed off as lamb in China to the tune of $1.6 million dollars over the last few years.
According to the paper, the Chinese Ministry of Public Security said that 63 traders in Eastern China were arrested by police for allegedly buying rat, fox and mink flesh and selling it as mutton. It was reported that the traders had gone to great lengths to disguise the meat even dousing it in nitrates, red pigment and gelatin.
In addition to these suspects, since January, the Chinese police arrested 904 people they suspected sold “fake, diseased, toxic, or adulterated meat,” reported the New York Times. The government is cracking down on food safety after several fraudulent or contaminated meats have been discovered including meat sold to consumers after the animals had died from diseases, chicken feet marinated in hydrogen peroxide and illegal additives, and the police busted a factory which passed off fake beef jerky covered with chemicals and bacteria.
Do you think the Chinese government should do more to protect their citizens from tainted and fraudulent meat? Are you concerned about the safety of meat in the U.S.?