BEIJING -- Feasting on strips of mutton dropped in a simmering pot is a popular dining pastime in China, but what if the meat served is actually made of rat?
That may be on the minds of diners after the latest stomach-churning food scandal to hit China.
Authorities said that traders bought rat, fox, mink and other uninspected meats -- and after adding red coloring and other chemicals -- sold them as lamb rolls for markets in Shanghai and neighboring Jiangsu province.
Police arrested 63 suspects and seized 10 tons of meats and additives, but not before the operation had sold about $1.6 million worth of fake meat over the last four years.
The Ministry of Public Security posted the news on the Internet on Thursday in an apparent move to highlight the government’s latest campaign to crack down on food crimes, which have plagued the nation and left many Chinese wondering what is safe to eat.