A total of 38 people have been arrested in China on suspicion of producing and selling chicken feet tainted with hydrogen peroxide, Xinhua reports.
At least 30,000 tonnes of chicken feet contaminated with hydrogen peroxide were seized during a series of raids on factories in Jiangsu, Anhui, Henan and Guangdong, police in the Zhejiang province’s Yongjia county said on Sunday.
The tainted snacks were first found in Yongjia last September and police followed the clues to break 35 “national sales networks.” The factories used hydrogen peroxide solutions as bleach and antiseptics. Police are still hunting 11 suspects. […] Zhejiang Province is a main production base for Chinese chicken delicacies including feet, legs and heads. However, the industry has been embroiled in scandal after many factories were found to be adding excessive chemicals in processing stale chicken.
Bleach is sometimes used to make food appear more appetizing. In a case from March, authorities busted an illegal ring in Nanjing for soaking tons of pigs’ feet in hydrogen peroxide to enhance their appearance.
At least it’s cleaner than pond water. *shivers*
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