Large amounts of chemicals, dye and adhesive as well as imported mutton grease from New Zealand were used to make the duck meat taste like mutton and to endure the high temperature of hotpot cooking.
Ref flag something was wrong: The fake mutton was sold at <RMB20 per kilogram while real mutton costs RMB40-60.
The fake mutton was found to also contain excessive amounts of heavy metals and cancer-causing sodium nitrite exceeding national food standard by >2,000x.
A 2009 version of the same scam: duck was dipped in non-toxic lamb urine to infuse it with muttony flavor. Now that is a piss-poor idea, pun intended.
Do not take anything at face value (also pun intended) in China.
Source: "34 Suspects Seized in Poisonous Fake Mutton Ring", CRIenglish.com, February 4, 2013
CKB Solutions is all about real solutions for the real world. To learn how we can help your business, contact Greg Kovacic in Hong Kong.