China nabs 900 over meat scandals


China has detained 900 people for meat-related crimes including selling rat and fox meat as beef and mutton, the Public Security Ministry said, in another blow to the nation’s food safety.

News of the three-month operation added to a string of scandals that have galvanized public concern, from recycled cooking oil to dangerous chemicals in baby milk powder.

Altogether there were “382 cases of water-injected meat, fake mutton and beef, diseased meat, toxic and harmful meat products,” the ministry said on its website Thursday, adding that “904 suspects were arrested, more than 20,000 tons of various types of fake or inferior meat products were confiscated.”

The crimes ranged from sellers in eastern Jiangsu Province making fake mutton from fox, rat and chemicals, and others in southwestern Guizhou Province mixing hydrogen peroxide solution with chicken claws.