Rats disguised as mutton? Out of China comes a story of crimes against meat and man. And be warned: It will make you lose your appetite.
Chinese authorities say uninspected meats, including fox, mink and rat, were disguised as beef and mutton with the addition of food coloring and chemicals and sold at markets in Shanghai and Jiangsu province. More than 900 people have been arrested in a three-month national meat-crimes sting.
The Los Angeles Times' Don Lee reports 1,721 factories have been closed and authorities have seized 20,000 tons of fake, diseased or otherwise adulterated meat.
Nonvegetarian diners in China are running out of choices of meats. Bird flu has people suspicious of chicken and duck, and after thousands of pigs were founding floating -- no, not swimming -- in a river near Shanghai, there were fears those carcasses were winding up in butcher shops.