China: Rat And Fox Meat Ring Broken Up
A crime ring that sold rat and other small mammal meat as mutton for more than $1m (£644,000) has been broken up, Chinese authorities have revealed.
More than 900 people have been arrested since January for selling and producing fake or tainted meat products, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement.
More than 20,000 tons of fake or inferior meat products were confiscated after illegal food plants were broken up during the nationwide operation.
Food safety and environmental pollution are chronic problems in China and public anxiety over cases of fake or toxic food often spreads quickly.
In April, many consumers were put off poultry after an outbreak of the H7N9 bird flu virus spread in China.
Sales dropped by 80% in eastern China - where the bird flu has been most prevalent.
In March, more than 16,000 rotting pigs were found floating in one of Shanghai's main rivers, the Huangpu.
And the Chinese government revealed in March that six children had died and nearly 300,000 had been poisoned by tainted milk products since 2008 as demand for Western milk brands soared over health concerns.