The scandal of fake meat has continued to rise its fame online.
In order to combat the increasing dilemma, police in Zhejiang province issue guide to help consumers distinguish between real and fake mutton
The local authorities announced on Thursday that more than 900 people had been detained over the past three months for “meat-related offences”.
Furthermore, one alleged gang is suspected of using illegal chemicals to transform rat, mink and fox meat into counterfeit mutton slices – popular for their use in hot pot – and selling them to local markets.
Responding to the scandal, police in Zhejiang province posted a guide to distinguishing between real and fake mutton on China’s most popular microblogging site, Sina Weibo. Here is a translation of their instructions.
REAL VERSUS FAKE
If you don’t look carefully, it’s very hard to tell the difference – both have streaks of red and white meat. But after a bit of careful observation, we can tell that there’s really a big difference.
For fake mutton, the streaks of white and red meat are separate.
The white is white, and the red is red. The white and red streaks in real mutton are interlocking. The streaks are very distinct, and look very natural.
The best way to tell whether the mutton is fake is to thaw out the slices.
After they’ve been thawed, fake mutton slices immediately revert back to their original shape. Lets look at the following pictures. After the fake mutton is thawed, the red and white streaks come apart at the slightest touch.
Meanwhile, last month Xian police seized warehouse which manufactured fake beef meat.
The government of China has already issued measures to fight fake foods in the country.