Decades-old meat smuggled into China
THREE billion yuan (S$650 million) worth of meat packaged and stored between 30 and 40 years ago and smuggled in from abroad has been seized in China, reports said yesterday.
Called "zombie meat" by the Chinese media, more than 100,000 tonnes of chicken wings, beef and pork were seized in a nationwide crackdown which concluded this month, Agence France-Presse reported.
"It was smelly and I nearly threw up when I opened the door (of a truck)," said an official from Hunan province, where 800 tonnes were seized.
Two gangs from the central province were among 14 busted in the operation.
"The meat had often thawed out several times before reaching customers," said a Customs official, pointing out that the meat was often transported unfrozen en route to China.
The official Xinhua News Agency said the "zombie meat" was obtained from abroad because it was cheaper than fresh meat.
The Chinese media stressed that the meat is not consumable as it is rotten, and has almost certainly been infected with diseases or injected with chemicals.
"Where has all the supervision gone?" asked People's Daily, the country's flagship newspaper, slamming China's food authorities.