These criminal busts just keep getting weirder and weirder. Seven people were arrested in Guangdong province during a raid on an illegal warehouse where workers were injecting dirty pond water into meat.
CCTV reported yesterday that officials raided the warehouse in a village in Baiyun district and found the men injecting bacteria-filled water into slaughtered sheep as a way to increase the weight of the meat and sell it for a high price, according to Shanghai Daily.
The man in charge of the operation and six workers at the warehouse have been held by police since the raid on December 30.
Officials found 30 sheep carcasses injected with up to six kilograms of pond water along with 335 living sheep, forged inspection stamps, pumps and rubber tubing in the warehouse. Suspects admitted to police that around 50 to 100 sheep were slaughtered there per day.
Pond water was injected into the carcasses before the blood clotted, and the meat then sold to meat markets, food stalls, canteens and restaurants in Guangzhou city, Foshan city and elsewhere in the province.
The water came from ponds and was said to contain massive quantities of harmful bacteria.
Water-injected meat poses great danger to health and the water used in most cases is polluted. Long-term consumption can lead to a host of diseases, including cancer.
Well, the fox-tainted donkey meat scandal now sounds slightly less revolting.