Meat is meat isn’t it? Fancy a bit of fox or rat?

There has been a crack down in China on dodgy meat vendors. Can’t see what?the?problem is…I’ve blogged about eating guinea pigs before…rats aren’t too far off that. I ate rats in?Thailand…off a bbq on the side of the road. Very tasty.

Chinese police have arrested 904 people and seized 20,000 tonnes of illegal products since the turn of the year, in an investigation into “meat-related offences” which revealed fox, mink and rat meat all being passed off as mutton.

Suspects in Baotou produced fake beef and lamb jerky from duck meat and sold it to markets in 15 provinces. Levels of E coli in the product “seriously exceeded standards”, the country’s Public Security Ministry said.?

One suspect, called Wei, made more than $1 million (?643,000) over four years buying fox, mink and rat meat, adding gelatin and other additives, then selling it as mutton at farmers’ markets in Jiangsu province and Shanghai. Authorities raided Wei’s organisation in February, arresting 63 suspects and seizing 10 tonnes of meat and additives.

Hao, another suspect, from Fengxiang city, Shaanxi province, last year sold mutton that had turned black and reeked of agricultural chemicals to a barbecue restaurant, killing one customer and poisoning a handful of others.

Some have been arrested for chopping up diseased pig carcasses to sell on, despite having been paid by the government to collect the bodies from farmers for proper disposal. Others, in the south-western province of Guizhou, soaked chicken feet in hydrogen peroxide before shipping them to markets, and in Zhenjiang city, Jiangsu province, two people were arrested for selling pork products that were made with meat from “poor quality pig heads”.