A seller adds a red pigment to braised meat to make it look more appealing. (Internet photo)
China has been hit by another food safety scandal after police found a large number of problem meat products in Wenzhou in east China's Zhejiang province, reports our sister paper Want Daily.
Local authorities found expired braised pork knuckle and chicken legs on sale in several districts in the city, with the amount of expired food reportedly reaching 1,000 kilograms. The food, which has since been confiscated, is believed to have been up to a year out of date.
Police found the sellers had used detergent to wash the meat of any odor and stop it from attracting insects. One seller told the police that he knew his actions in selling the expired meat were illegal, however it was very profitable.
There is rising sensitivity in China to the issue of tainted food following a string of scandals, including KFC China being found using chicken tainted with high levels of antibiotics and hormones last year, and most notably the melamine milk powder scandal in 2008 that caused hundreds of thousands of infants to develop kidney stones, resulting in six deaths.