Three people have been sentenced to prison terms in central China for selling beef offal soaked in formaldehyde, local authorities said Saturday. A restaurant in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, was found to have used formaldehyde to soak about 2,000 kg of beef tripe and tendons worth about 100,000 yuan (15,000 U.S. dollars), according to Jianghan People’s Procuratorate…Full Article: Xinhua June 2016

Key Point

  • In February 2015, the offending restaurant in Wuhan, Hubei Province, began soaking beef offal in formaldehyde. Formaldehyde soaked beef appears “fresh” and white.

ChinaAg Comments

  • From January to June 2015, China confiscated 420,000 MTs of frozen meat products. In June 2015, China halted a Japanese beef smuggling ring that imported the beef via Cambodia-Laos-Yunnan-Shanghai.
  • In May 2015, a dozen people were jailed in Zhejiang province for injecting water into cattle for profit.
  • In February 2015, China arrested nearly three dozen people who allegedly smuggled 6,000 tons of beef into the country. Anti-smuggling authorities based in Dalian, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou participated the nationwide crackdown.

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