China seizes rotting 40-year-old meat worth $483m

China seizes rotting 40-year-old meat worth $483m

China seizes rotting 40-year-old meat worth $483m

Written by Staff Writer

25 Jun, 2015 | 4:55 pm

Chinese authorities have seized more than 100,000 tonnes of smuggled meat some of it more than 40 years old, according to state media. The frozen meat, estimated to be worth about £300 million (3bn yuan; $483m), was seized in a nationwide crackdown.

“It was smelly and I nearly threw up when I opened the door,” an official from Hunan province, where 800 tonnes were seized, told the AFP news agency.

Poor standards have made food safety a major concern in China.

According to state newspaper the China Daily, officials from Guangxi, a southern region bordering Vietnam, found meat dating back to the 1970s.

-BBC

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