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China has begun a crackdown on the sales of fake, diseased and tainted meat products after a series of scandals that have further dented public confidence in the food industry, the official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.
It said the State Council, China’s cabinet, recently ordered local government departments to step up checks on meat and processed meat products, and carry out detailed inspections of rural factories, workshops and warehouses as well as private slaughterhouses.
More frequent and anonymous checks and ten times bigger fines.
This is what the French meat industry could face if it sells horse meat after labeling it as beef.
In February, the French meat company Spanghero was found selling horse meat in processed food which had been labeled pure beef.
Almost four months after the widespread adulteration of beef products with horsemeat was revealed by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, there are growing fears in the UK that the investigation to identify the full extent of the fraud is being shut down, the Guardian has learned.
China arrests 900 in fake meat scandal
Chinese authorities seize 20,000 tonnes of illegal meat products and detains gang passing off fox, mink and rat as mutton
Police in China have arrested 904 people for “meat-related offences” over the past three months, including a gang that made more than £1m by passing off fox, mink and rat meat as mutton, the country’s public security ministry has announced.
Fujian tainted-meat scandal suggests flaws in food-safety system
A recent high-profile food safety case related to meat products in Nanjing county, Zhangzhou, Fujian province has suggested the existence of loopholes in the rural area’s food safety supervision, local officials said.
Morocco in grip of DOG MEAT scandal after police find carcasses of pets destined for restaurants
Authorities in Morocco have launched an investigation into the illegal trade of dog meat after 37 carcasses were discovered in the back of a butcher’s van.
A man was arrested in the centre of Casablanca after his Honda vehicle was pulled over for a routine traffic offence, it was reported.
Officers decided to search the car and found the dog carcasses in the back.
Man guilty of rancid meat fraud
One man was convicted today of running a meat fraud racket which made about £1 million.
He sold rancid and potentially diseased meat to leading supermarkets, schools, hospitals and restaurants.
Another meat supply scandal has hit the China food industry. Shanghai authorities are now testing mislabeled mutton from a wholesaler that was initially rumored to supply Yum! Brands’ Little Sheep hot pot chain. However, Yum! said on Monday that its Little Sheep restaurants were not involved in the investigation.
Europe Seeks Crackdown on Food Fraud
BRUSSELS — The European Commission on Monday called for additional unannounced inspections of food companies and tougher fines for labelling fraud, after the discovery earlier this year that millions of Europeans had eaten horse meat labelled as beef.