Netizens said poisonous foods have killed more Chinese than Japan's radiation leaks. Picture: Police found a food maker using rotten meat to make roasted pork knuckle. (Photo/Internet)
A workshop in Chongqing has been caught trying to sell decayed pork as a local delicacy, according to local media.
The workshop, located in Yunyang, Chongqing, was found to have decayed pork soaked with hydrogen peroxide and nitrite by local health officials. The chemicals, both of which are carcinogens, were used to eliminate the foul odor before the decayed meat was stitched to the pork hide and stewed in brown sauce.
The product was sold as pork shank, a popular Chinese delicacy. Tests revealed that the products contained 48-58 times the acceptable level of nitrite, according to local health officials.
Health officials seized 139kg of fake pork shank as well as 32kg of hydrogen peroxide at the workshop.
The country has started cracking down on substandard food products amid widespread reports including wine containing high levels of preservatives such as sorbic acid; hotpot soup and chili sauce laced with the harmful dye rhodamine B; fruit preserves containing sulfur dioxide; smoked pork containing nitrite; white Judas' ear mushrooms with high levels of sulfur dioxide and curdled animal blood laced with formaldehyde.
In a report by state broadcaster CCTV, a presenter said she was learning more about chemicals from increasing reports about contaminated food than she did from her textbooks at school. One Chinese internet user said that the country did not need to worry about salt contaminated with radiation from Japan because food produced in China is far more dangerous in any case.