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Raid on Illegal Dongguan Abattoir Reveals Tampering with Beef

Posted: 04/23/2014 7:00 pm

private abattoir beef technique injection waterA police raid on a secret abattoir operating illegally in the outskirts of Dongguan has provided insight into the nefarious ways the beef you may be consuming can be tampered with.

Police were called to a remote, forested area located near Fuma Industrial park in Chigang, Dongguan, reported the Dongguan Times. There, police found an unlicensed abattoir that was slaughtering water buffalo cattle in less than hygienic conditions: Two dead cattle lying on the floor were surrounded by buzzing flies; cut meat was left uncovered in plastic boxes piled on the floor; and discarded water buffalo hides and offal were scattered everywhere.

Worst of all, the workers at the factory were in the process of injecting the slaughtered cattle with water at the time police arrived. In a process that can increase the mass of the beef by 15-20%, workers attach hoses to an artery in the neck of the slaughtered cow; then, they pump the cow with water, industrial pigments, and preservatives so that the beef will become heavier, look better, and have a longer shelf life. This process includes completely immersing the beef in water, and can sometimes be repeated up to 5 times.

private abattoir beef technique injection waterThe suspects escaped when police shouted their presence to the workers inside the compound. In all, approximately 1500 kg of beef was confiscated by officials and destroyed. The meat was to be sold in markets in the vicinity including those in Humen, Chang’an, and Shenzhen.

How can you tell the beef at your local market has been tampered with? Here are 6 telltale signs:

1. Beef injected with water will continually seep out water. Sellers of this meat will use rags to mop up the excess moisture.
2. Beef injected with water will display an especially red color. It will eventually come to lose its color; this fake beef looks shiny and has a glossy exterior. On the other hand, beef that has not been injected with water is a dark red and is prone to wrinkling.
3. Beef injected with water is not elastic to the touch. It isn’t flexible, and will release water when squeezed. On the other hand, beef not injected with water is flexible and sticky to the touch.
4. Blood veins are very distinct in beef injected with water, while they are not in real beef. The former has a limp color with a glossy sheen.
5. You can perform a test using toilet paper. Beef injected with water will soak through toilet paper in 5 seconds, while proper regulation beef will only show a little spotting.
6. When thawing out frozen beef injected with water, water collected in the plate will show a dark red color.

We can only hope that “beef injections” remain a wholesome practice that is served only for righteous purposes.

Photo: Time DG


Meat eaters rejoice! The Butcher Shop is coming to Coco Park

Posted: 07/29/2013 12:58 pm

Known for selling imported fresh meat, home made traditional sausages, and imported cheeses in Shekou for years, The Butcher Shop is finally spreading its reach to Futian. The popular shop is opening under McCawley’s Futian, directly across from Little India. This is the third Butcher Shop to open in Guangdong with the second one in Dongguan. You can also find The Butcher Shop’s fine meats and gourmet offerings at your local Ole supermarkets in Nanshan and Luohu.

No word on the exact opening date, but we expect it to be soon.

The Butcher Shop Coming Soon to Futian



Looking to cut costs, one reporter finds cheap living in Taipei

Posted: 07/22/2013 7:00 am

A reporter from The Daily Sunshine spent half a month in Taiwan after his friend, a long-term Shenzhen resident originally from Taipei, returned to his hometown after claiming living costs in Shenzhen were too high.

Initially sceptical about his friend’s claim, the reporter concluded that his friend, Mr Zeng who lived in Shenzhen for 20 years, had a point in saying that prices in Taipei are more reasonable.

After following Zeng to Taipei, the reporter noted that a respectably-sized portion of beef chow mein cost 50 NT (10.24 RMB) and a large enough portion for two to three people cost 90 NT.

The reporter went on to claim that a quality portion of beef chow mein would cost at least 33 yuan in Shenzhen. He later said he had a filling meal on Shaoxing South Street for the equivalent of 10.4 yuan.

As for the price of vegetables, although prices increased in the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Soulik, they have already returned to normal. And according to Taiwan’s Ministry of Agriculture, of the 110 major types of vegetable available in Taiwan, 72 have decreased in price since a year ago, 34 have increased and four have stayed the same.

He also observed that broadband and mobile internet are cheaper in Taiwan. It cost just 900 NT for an international phone card and that included a month of high-speed mobile internet.

Also, oil is cheaper in Taiwan than in many mainland provinces after prices decreased in Taiwan and increased in mainland China in the first half of this year. In Taiwan, a litre of No. 92 unleaded gasoline costs 6.82 RMB, 0.3 RMB more expensive than a litre of No. 90 unleaded gasoline in Shenzhen.


Coco Park the new home of the Whopper

Posted: 04/10/2011 9:38 pm

It appears that Burger King, purveyor of mayonnaise-drenched flame-broiled beef patties, has found hungry clientele in Shenzhen.

Our good friends over at ShenzhenParty noted that the city is preparing to welcome its fourth Burger King outlet inside Coco Park, making it an ideal place for bar-goers in the area to soak up copious amounts of beer and various other shanzhai drinks. Of course, that would also depend on the hours of the new ‘King.

Burger King’s first outlet in Mainland China opened in Shanghai back in 2005, and I remember being overjoyed and visiting that initial spot. At that time, as a Beijing resident, I had grown accustomed to having no decent burgers at all, or buying a Big Mac, which is basically the same thing. Since that pioneering Burger King (Hanbao Wang in Chinese), it has grown in Shanghai and Beijing, taken up shop in airports (it’s a tradition to get a Whopper when departing or arriving from a Burger King-endowed airport), and continues to grow in Shenzhen.

In fact, with McCawley’s and Tequila Coyote Cantina all in the vicinity of Coco Park, it’s quickly becoming a burger-muncher’s paradise.

The new Burger King is expected to open in May this year.

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