Oh yes, even duck blood can be faked. A man in Ankan, Shaanxi province was caught concocting food products from the blood of cows and sheep with the intention of passing it off as congealed duck blood, a delicacy in China.
A couple of months ago, neighbours reported a foul stench coming from the home of the suspect, surnamed Li. Police arrived to the scene and found around 20 containers of solidified “duck blood”. The food products were seized and destroyed.
That wasn’t the end for Li, whose home “factory” was recently busted again. This time, he was found to have been soaking the blood products in formaldehyde and hydrogen peroxide. He later explained that it was to prevent the “food” from going bad.
Apparently, Li was given away, once again, by the bad odors wafting out of his less-than-40-square-meter home, the floors of which were completely soaked with animal blood. Police found a couple of boxes and buckets of his finished “duck blood” products, as well as some unfinished products floating in liquid-filled pots.
Li said he would purchase fresh cow blood and lamb blood from a butcher nearby every day. He then mixed them together to make his fake “duck blood”, which he would cook to a half-solid state, cut into blocks, and dunk into containers filled with “formaldehyde solution”.
The picture shows a policeman taking away several baskets of the toxic non-duck blood.
According to reports, Li rented the two-story house earlier this year. He lived on the second floor and used the first floor as his “duck blood factory”. The seized equipment included a stove, an aluminum pot, a plastic basket and a tricycle.
By Crystal Lau
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