Police in Guangxi have seized a stash of smuggled, decades-old chicken feet, some dating as far back as 1967, which were waiting to be processed, SCMP reports.
The chicken feet were part of a 20 tonne stash of meat smuggled from Vietnam, according to police. As well as chicken feet, the unlicensed storage site also contained beef tripe and cartilage.
The gang operating the smuggling ring planned to process 46-year-old chicken feet “with bleach and other chemicals” to disguise them as seemingly fresh chicken feet. Each tonne of meat processed this way would net them an estimated 16,000 yuan.
The idea that chicken feet dating back to the 1960s would surface now, having survived all this time, frozen, is pretty disgusting. It’s also puzzling. I was under the impression that many homes in rural china still lack refrigerators. Houses in my family’s ancestral home in rural Fujian only got fridges in the last two years. It seems questionable at best that people in poverty stricken parts of China and Vietnam would choose to preserve 20 tonnes of chicken feet, at no small cost, for over 40 years.
If true, these chicken feet survived both the Vietnam War and the Cultural Revolution, before falling foul – and presumably being destroyed – by the Guangxi police.
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