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China Says To Crack Down On Sale Of Spoiled Meat

by 5m Editor
22 June 2007, at 12:06pm

BEIJING - Spoiled meat and meat which has been injected with water to add weight is finding its way on to the Chinese market, the government said on Friday, warning it would crack down on this latest violation of food safety rules.

"Recently, some parts of the country have experienced the illegal behaviour of lawless merchants selling pork from pigs which have died of disease," the country's top quality watchdog said in a statement on its Web site (www.aqsiq.gov.cn).

"This has caused hidden dangers to the production of food and consumers," it added.

Regional quality bureaux must increase their oversight of the industry to prevent this from happening, the statement said.

"The industry must not use meat or poultry which have not died in abattoirs and must not use inedible materials," it said.

"Put an end to pork from pigs which have died of disease, meat injected with water and infected poultry entering the food processing sector," the watchdog said, without giving specific examples of recent cases.

If such products are found, companies will be dealt with by the law and all the meat recalled, it said.

Source: Reuters

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