Chinese authorities bust massive crime ring that passed off rat meat as mutton


Beth Stebner
New York Daily News
May 4, 2013

Rat meat was being sold as lamb. / Credits: enso/flickr

Authorities in China smelled a rat — or several thousand tons of rat.

Chinese police have busted a $1 million crime ring that was allegedly passing off the meat of rodents and other small animals as mutton.

In total, more than 900 suspects have been arrested this year alone for selling tainted or fake meat products, adding to a long list of hazardous food practices that range from butchering cats to pass as poultry to thousands of dead pigs dumped in a river outside of Shanghai.

More than 20,000 tons of counterfeit meat was seized in the raid, according to a release from China’s Ministry of Public Security.

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