With major food industry scandals making the headlines just about every other week and the government vowing to crack down hard, the newest food safety scandal occurred this week when Chinese state television announced the government arrested seven people in southern Guangdong province for injecting dirty pond water into lamb meat to swell its weight and raise its price.
The suspects slaughtered up to 100 sheep per day at an illegal warehouse, pumping bacteria-ridden water into the meat before it was sold at markets, food stalls and restaurants in major cities such as Guangzhou and Foshan, according to China Central Television (CCTV). Authorities raided the illegal lamb meat abattoir in Guangdong at the end of December, finding around 30 carcasses injected with water, 335 live sheep, forged inspection stamps, and equipment to inject water into the meat, the report showed.
China has been hit by a number of food safety scandals, from deadly chemical-laced dairy products to recycled "gutter oil" used for cooking. Two weeks ago Wal-Mart was forced to apologize after a Chinese supplier of donkey meat snacks was found to have mixed fox meat into the product.
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