Meat pumped with pond water in Guangdong

January 8, 2014

GUANGZHOU – Chinese authorities have held seven people in southern Guangdong province on charges of injecting dirty pond water into lamb meat to swell its weight and raise its price. Those charged allegedly slaughtered up to 100 sheep per day at an illegal warehouse, pumping bacteria-ridden water into the meat before it was sold at markets, food stalls and restaurants in major cities such as Guangzhou and Foshan.

The incident is the latest in a string of food safety scandals, from deadly chemical-laced dairy products to recycled "gutter oil" used for cooking. Last week, Wal-Mart apologized after a Chinese supplier of donkey meat snacks was found to have mixed fox meat into the product.