Xinhua News Agency reports that 904 people were arrested on Thursday as part of a nationwide crackdown on spoiled and fake food.
How fake are we talking about?
Deep breath time.
“In Wuxi, in east China’s Jiangsu Province, suspects made fake mutton from fox, mink and rat by adding chemicals,” the news agency reported.
Oh dear. Dare continue?
“Since 2009, the suspect, surnamed Wei, has bought foxes, minks, rats and other uninspected meat products in Shandong,” the ministry said in a press release on its website.
“After adding gelatine, carmine, nitrate and other substances, he sold the meat as fake lamb rolls [for hot pot] at farmers’ markets in Jiangsu and Shanghai.”
If you’re going to pretend to be shocked by this, it’s because you haven’t been in China long enough. If you’re disgusted, well congratulations: you’re a human with discriminating tastes, because minks are disgusting. We also had no idea fox meat was edible… or easier to get than mutton.