In the latest gag-inducing food scandal to hit China, authorities have revealed that the chemical-soaked flesh of rats was being sold as “lamb meat” in Shanghai markets. Mink, fox, chicken claws, and other faux meats were also being packaged as cow meat and mutton in the nearby province of Jiangsu. Police have made more than 900 arrests and seized 10 tons of the meats, but only after a criminal operation had sold roughly $1.6 million of the stuff. The rat-meat announcement comes at the end of a three-month national campaign that began in late January to uncover more than 382 meat-related offenses, seizing a total of 20,000 tons of fake, diseased, or otherwise adulterated meat.
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