Police Raids Uncover Pork from Sick, Dead Pigs

by 5m Editor
27 March 2012, at 8:26am

CHINA - Police in southeast China's Fujian Province raided several unlicensed butcheries and underground workshops that processed pork of sick and dead pigs into meat products and sold them to other places.

Liu Yonghe was detained last July for illegally purchasing dead pigs from pig farms and butchering them in his workshop in Fuzhou City, reports, citing Xinhua news agency.

He sold the meat to Ling Jianjun who processed it into salt-cured pork and sausages. Ling is also in police custody.

The contaminated pork products had been sold to wholesale markets in Fuzhou as well as in Wenzhou and Ningbo in neighboring Zhejiang Province.

Dead pigs were sold to illegal butchers at less than 2 yuan per kilo. The price tripled after they were cut up. When the meat was processed into pork products, the price would jump to more than 20 yuan per kilo.

The lucrative business has prompted some pig farms to sell sick and dead pigs to illegal butchers instead of cremating them as ordered by the law, the report said.

Fujian police have confiscated more than 1,300 tons of dead pigs and 480 tons of processed meat, the report said.