1,000 Tons of Tainted Meat Seized in South China Including Some ‘Soaked in Bleach’

Chinese police officers check cartons of smuggled meat seized during a raid on a boat in Shenzhen city, south China's Guangdong province, 16 September 2016. Maritime police in southern China's Guangdong province have seized 1,000 tonnes of smuggled meat and arrested 16 suspects during a recent raid, local authorities announced Saturday (17 September 2016). The frozen meat was found wrapped in cardboard boxes in three freezers on a boat and was worth more than 80 million yuan (11.9 million U.S. dollars), police said. The suspects were caught in waters off the coastal city of Shenzhen Thursday, according to police. The frozen meat had no quarantine certificates or legal purchase documents, and included beef, ox tripe, chicken wings, drumsticks, oxtongue and chicken feet, from the United States, Brazil and Thailand.

Chinese police officers check cartons of smuggled meat seized during a raid on a boat in Shenzhen city, south China’s Guangdong province, 16 September 2016.
Maritime police in southern China’s Guangdong province have seized 1,000 tonnes of smuggled meat and arrested 16 suspects during a recent raid, local authorities announced Saturday (17 September 2016). The frozen meat was found wrapped in cardboard boxes in three freezers on a boat and was worth more than 80 million yuan (11.9 million U.S. dollars), police said. The suspects were caught in waters off the coastal city of Shenzhen Thursday, according to police. The frozen meat had no quarantine certificates or legal purchase documents, and included beef, ox tripe, chicken wings, drumsticks, oxtongue and chicken feet, from the United States, Brazil and Thailand.

The bust is the latest food-safety scare in China

Police in China’s southern province of Guangdong have seized $12.3 million of potentially hazardous frozen meat including some reportedly soaked in bleach.

Sixteen suspects were detained in the raid late last week, say local police, who uncovered 1,000 tons meat and offal — chiefly from the U.S., Brazil and Thailand — on a vessel near Dangan Island by the city of Shenzhen.

“A criminal gang that used to smuggle frozen meat products, along with marine smuggling channel in Guangdong waters, were busted in the crackdown,” said a police statement, reports the state-backed China Daily newspaper.

Police said some of the haul — including beef cuts, tripe, tongue and chicken wings — had been soaked in bleach in order to clean the meat and increase its weight. A kilogram of beef weighs more than 1.5 kg after soaking in highly toxic bleach, said police, warning that the doctored meat would have “seriously harmed people’s health.”

The bust is the latest food-safety scare in China, where in recent years consumers have faced horrors such as cadmium-laced rice, fake eggs and infant formula contaminated with the toxic chemical melamine.

Food safety now consistently ranks as a top concern for most Chinese, with exasperated netizens calling for tough punishments after this latest scandal, and asking why standards were not being implemented.

“Could we just execute these offenders?” asked one user of China’s Twitter-like microblog Weibo.

“I’ve become numb after so many food-safety issues,” posted another. “As long as I don’t die of poisoning, I don’t care any more. But I just don’t understand, how difficult is it to implement the rule of law?”

 

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1,000 Tons of Tainted Meat Seized in South China Including Some ‘Soaked in Bleach’

Safest food in the world – Canadian edition; US says clean up

The Globe and Mail is reporting that the U.S Agriculture Department has given the Canadian Food Inspection Agency until mid-March to fix significant food safety and sanitation concerns found during an audit of Canada’s meat, poultry and egg inspection systems.
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Failure to fix the deficiencies could lead the U.S. government to delist Canadian plants that were audited from exporting their products to the United States.

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