Prosecutors in Wenzhou’s Ruian court are bringing a suit against three Chinese companies for producing “beef jerky” that contains little to no beef. Ruian Lianxi Food, Ruian Chengjia Food and Guangzhou Siwei Food came under fire this week when it was discovered that the companies were using pork and food additives to make the jerky under the brand name Yisi, which has been around for over 20 years.
Police investigations found that the pork was being soaked in water to enlarge the fiber so that it more resembled beef, according to SCMP. Additives such as beef extract were then used to give it a beefy flavor. Around 30 metric tons of the non-beef jerky and loads of food additives were seized from all three companies.
The three companies, all part of a family-run operation, admitted to using pork because it cost half the price of beef. It’s believed that companies have been packaging pork for sale under the Yisi brand since 2011.
Previously on Shanghaiist: Police arrest gang injecting pond water into meat