First it was tainted baby food and toys with lead paint. Now China is dealing with a meat scandal that involves passing rat meat off as lamb.
The Ministry of Public Safety announced recently that police have arrested hundreds of people involved in a scheme to sell a mixture of rat, mink and fox meat -- combined with red food coloring -- under the label "lamb."
More than 900 people and 200,000 tons of illegal meat were captured, according to state news agency Xinhua. The ministry said police had discovered nearly 400 cases involving meat violations.
In Wuxi, a large industrial city in eastern China, traders made an estimated 10 million renminbi (or about $1.6 million) from the fake lamb. The rat, mink and fox mixture had apparently been bought and sold to unsuspecting diners in Shanghai hot pot eateries since 2009.