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Guangzhou Smokehouse Used Chemicals to Hide Rotten Pork

Posted: 05/8/2014 1:39 pm

pork illegal smokehouse A raid made by Guangzhou police yesterday upon an illegal smokehouse revealed an operation to prepare rotten pork with chemical additives for consumer consumption in very unhygienic conditions, reported Guangzhou Daily.

The concealed smokehouse was discovered in a filthy state with open sewage running through it. The operation to make smoked bacon involved marinating the rotten pork with additives to help give the meat an improved look and taste to make it more palatable to customers.

The additives involved in the process include dimethyl dichloro-vinyl phosphate (DDVP), sodium nitrate, industrial salt, and food coloring popularly called “Sunset Red” and “Sunset Yellow”.

Each of these additives have specific traits:

  • DDVP (Vapona) is commonly used as insecticide and to protect stored products from insects. It is not currently banned by the Environmental Protection Agency in the USA, but has been considered.
  • Sodium nitrite helps preserve meat, improves its taste and color, and slows down the process of deterioration.
  • The ingestion of Sunset Yellow has been linked to hypersensitive reactions and behavior problems.

Five people were taken into custody. Police confiscated 2000 kg of rotten pork, and 530 kg of bacon products.

The suspected leader of the operation had purchased the rancid pork from Sihui, Zhaoqing. He is said to also operate a barbecue shop in Guangdong province.pork illegal smokehousepork illegal smokehouse

Photos: Guangzhou Daily


150 tons of unqualified pork consumed in Shenzhen

Posted: 08/31/2013 7:00 am

At least 150 tons of unqualified pork from Maoming has been consumed in Shenzhen since April 2012, Yangcheng Evening News reports.

Shenzhen Public Security Bureau announced August 29 that it had busted a gang that had been transporting pig carcasses from Maoming’s Dianbai Village and Maogang Village. Most of the pigs had died of diseases and sold illegally to slaughterhouses. By the time it reached the consumer the pork had been pumped full of twelve times the legal amount of veterinary drugs such as oxytetracycline.

Consumption of the unqualified pork is particularly dangerous to the liver.

The joint police operation to bust the ring of unlicensed pork dealers began on July 22 when suspicions were raised about pork sold in Haijixing Farmer’s Market in Longgang District.

All those suspected of involvement in the operation have been arrested and a subsequent investigation has shown that at least 150 tons of the illegal pork has already been consumed in Shenzhen.

There are 2000 pig farms in Dianbai Village and Maogang Village alone so that may turn out to be a conservative estimate.

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