China: Rat Meat Sold as Lamb


Chinese police have broken a crime ring that passed off over €1m in rat and small mammal meat as mutton.

Authorities have arrested 904 suspects since the end of January for selling and producing fake or tainted meat products.

Police discovered one suspect had used additives to spice up and sell rat, fox, and mink meat at markets in Shanghai and Jiangsu province.

Police arrested 63 suspects connected to the crime ring in a case valued at more than €1.2m in sales since 2009.

Despite persistent efforts by police authorities, food safety crimes are still prominent and new situations are emerging with new characteristics.


Police confiscated over 20,000 tonnes of fake or inferior meat products after breaking up illegal food plants during the nationwide operation.

Food safety and environmental pollution are chronic problems in China.