Scandal in China: Rat meat passed off as Lamb
The latest food scandal in China has raised more questions about food safety in the country. This latest case is truly stomach-churning. Hundreds of people were arrested after passing off rat meat as lamb.
When you eat at cheap restaurants – or roadside stalls for that matter – you are always left with that queasy feeling you may have consumed something you did not order. The journey from the farms to the factories in the last couple of decades has given rise to a vast food supply chain catering for China’s urban population. But the food industry here is often filthy and even downright criminal. Farmers drown vegetables in pesticides; businesses pump cattle full of steroids; endangered wildlife ends up on your plate and corrupt officials – after taking their cut – often certify these questionable foods as safe.