(ANIMAL NEWS) CHINA — China’s had its share of questionable food practices, from infected pigs and ducks to dog meat. But Chinese food safety reached an all time low last week as the Ministry of Public Security revealed a disturbing new practice of traders selling rat meat disguised as lamb. Sixty-three people involved were arrested for “buying fox, mink and rat and other meat products that had not undergone inspection.” The traders would soak the rat meat in gelatin, red pigment, and nitrates in order to wrongly label it as mutton. Thankfully, the Chinese government is trying to focus on improving food safety as the prime minister Li Keqiang has labeled it as a priority. It’s encouraging to see the government choosing the policy of transparency and publicly discussing these issues to hopefully bring about a swift resolution. Read on for more on this distasteful news. — Global Animal
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China’s disturbing new practice: rat meat disguised as lamb. Photo credit: News Whip

Read the New York Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/04/world/asia/rat-meat-sold-as-lamb-in-china-highlights-fears.html?hp&_r=3&