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Frozen Meat Seized in China: Smugglers Busted for Selling Decades-Old Food

By    |   Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 12:41 PM

Chinese authorities seized 100,000 tons of frozen meat, some of it dating back to the 1970s, that gangs smuggled into the country to distribute to retailers.

“The products fully filled an entire compartment. It was smelly, and I nearly threw up when I opened the door," Zhang Tao, an administration official, told China Daily of the meat, most of which had been thawed and re-frozen multiple times.

Fourteen gangs were responsible for smuggling $483 million worth of chicken wings, beef, and pork into various Chinese cities, China Daily reported. The Changsha Administration of Customs in Hunan first caught 20 gang members smuggling meat into the province on June 1.

The crackdown, which unearthed the largest meat-smuggling case in the province’s history, prompted crackdowns in 14 other Chinese regions. The Anti-Smuggling Bureau told China Daily that if meat products are not inspected, they can lead to potentially fatal illnesses like bird flu and foot-and-mouth disease.

The Anti-Smuggling Bureau explained that gangs purchase meat from foreign countries at low prices and then ship the meat into Hong Kong from Vietnam. Hong Kong, which has a separate customs system than China, is where smugglers then ship contraband meat into the mainland. Some of the meat is believed to be from India, reported CNN.

"To save costs, smugglers often hire ordinary vehicles instead of refrigerated ones. So the meat has often thawed out several times before reaching customers,” Yang Bo, deputy director of the Bureau, told China Daily.

Some of the meat is also believed to have been sold on the Internet, according to The New York Times. Smugglers claim to be selling beef imported from the U.S., but U.S. meat was banned from the Chinese mainland in 2003 after reports of mad cow disease.

Poor food safety standards are a longstanding concern in China and the country has seen many other tainted meat scandals in the past.

“Theoretically, China has strict food safety regulations, but execution is often the problem,” Peter Cheung, director of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Food and Nutritional Science Program, told The Times. “I personally would not buy meat online."

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