22 Tons of Fake Beef Confiscated in China

Treating pork with chemicals makes it look and taste like beef

Wikimedia/Scott Bauer
Some consumers in Xi'an are concerned they may have been sold pork instead of beef.

When buying a bargain Chanel handbag from a neighborhood market, one generally assumes there's a good chance it's a fake. One does not normally wonder the same thing about one's groceries, but there's a thriving underground market in the sale and production of ersatz foods, from Jamaica's Blue Mountain coffee beans to even things like eggs and beef. This week, police in Xi'an reported that they had found and seized more than 22 tons of fake beef at a local factory.

The fake beef was actually made from pork. Pork is cheaper and more easily produced than beef, but apparently it can be made to look and taste exactly like beef. Police say the confiscated meat had been treated with chemicals including paraffin wax and industrial salts to make it look like beef. The factory making it had sold more than 3,000 pounds of the fake beef to local markets at 25 to 33 yuan ($4 or $5), according to Shanghaiist.

Police say they shut down six separate workshops devoted to treating pork to make it look like beef, and the phony meat has been seized.

Xi'an has a large Muslim community, and the news of pork being passed off as beef has some people worried that they may have accidentally consumed meat from a forbidden animal.


Be a Part of the Conversation

Have something to say?
Add a comment (or see what others think).

Comments 0
3
Ratings2


Like this story? Get updates by email, facebook and twitter
Get daily food and wine coverage


Latest from The Daily Meal

The Daily Meal Video Network
David Guas Cooks Up Vidalia Onion Marmalade with Grilled Mini Sausages

Post a comment

Add a Comment

Upload a picture of yourself no larger than 3MB, please see Terms for details
CAPTCHA
Please answer this Captcha to prove you are human
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
CAPTCHA
Please answer this Captcha to prove you are human