30,000 tons of tainted chicken feet seized

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Chi­nese po­lice have seized more than 30,000 tons of tainted chicken feet, a com­mon item on restau­rant menus in China, in the lat­est food scan­dal to hit the coun­try.

Au­thor­i­ties have de­tained 38 peo­ple in the sale of the chicken feet, val­ued at more than 300 mil­lion yuan ($48.76 mil­lion), Xin­hua re­ported. The ar­rests fol­lowed raids on nine fac­to­ries where po­lice found hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide was be­ing added to the meat.

Chicken feet are a pop­u­lar dish in China where they are of­ten broiled or put in soups. China was the largest buyer of chicken feet ex­ported from the United States last year.

China has been rocked by a num­ber of high-pro­file food scan­dals from milk pow­der tainted with in­dus­trial chem­i­cal melamine to re-used “gut­ter oil” for cook­ing.

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