Granted China has a billion-plus people to feed, but using chicken feet and other “meat” dated from 1967?
Police recently raided an “illegal food storage site” in the Guangxi region of China and discovered a Chinese gang had smuggled 20 tons of meat, including “chicken feet, beef tripe and cartilage,” in from Vietnam, China’s news service, Xinhua reported.
The chicken feet, some reportedly dated from 1967, was smuggled in frozen and “would then be processed with bleach and other chemicals to add weight and improve its coloring,” South China Morning Post reported.
“Through this process, the group managed to turn 1kg [2.2 lbs.] of old chicken feet into 1.5kg of seemingly fresh chicken feet,” the Post article said.
It’s gets more disgusting, according to the Post:
“The entire processing facility had a fishy and foul smell,” Li Jianmin, from the local Public Security Bureau told the news agency. “You just couldn’t stand it after one or two minutes.”
Chicken feet are not the only items smuggled from the southern neighbor. Illegal imports of bear paws are also booming, according to the report. Last year, 141 smuggled bear paws were confiscated in one raid, Guangxi Forestry Police chief Luo Weidong told the news agency.
The paws had already started to rot and smell. Restaurants would cook the paws, which can cost thousands of yuan, in a way that would hide the smell.
Kudos to the Chinese police for cracking down on this vile industry.
H/T: Fox News