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Police seize 40-year-old frozen meat worth $1.6 million as it was being shipped to restaurants

By Mason White 5:24 PM June 30, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) Police in China, seized a large amount of meat and chicken, some of which were 40 years old.

Customs officials recently began cracking down on meat smuggling and seized about $1.6 million worth of meat products, some of them were up to 40 years old.

Police in Changsha, Hunan, arrested 20 people of a smuggling gang after they attempted to ship an estimated 800 tons of frozen beef, chicken feet and duck neck, to markets including restaurants.

The meat products were smuggled from Hong Kong at the port in northern Vietnam, where they were packed into smaller boxes.

It was then transported to China, and delivered to restaurants and markets around the country.

The General Administration of Customs believes that the meat originated from countries, which were banned from doing business in China.

Some of the meat allegedly came from sick animals, while others had dates stamped on their packages from the 1970s.

The frozen products had already started decomposing by the time they were sent to Changsha. Smugglers simply placed the meat in cold storage to refreeze it before it was sent to its intended location.