China has arrested more than 110 people suspected of selling pork from pigs that died from disease and confiscated more than 1,000 tonnes of contaminated pork.
The Ministry of Public Security said Sunday the people were part of a network of 11 groups who had been buying pigs that had died of illness from farms at low prices since 2008.
The meat was sold off to markets in 11 provinces, including Henan and Guangxi, or was processed into bacon or cooking oil for sale, Reuters reported Monday.
The accused bribed food supervisory authorities to obtain quarantine certificates, the ministry said.
Seventy-five of the suspects have been prosecuted in the country’s latest crackdown on food safety violations.
Several food quarantine staff have also been sent to prosecutors, said the ministry, which had been investigating the network since the end of 2013.
In 2013, more than 10,000 dead pigs were found floating down Shanghai’s Huangpu River after the regional government cracked down on criminal gangs that had been selling abandoned carcasses as meat on the black market.
Food safety remains a major concern in China after a series of high-profile scandals that involved products ranging from tainted milk powder to donkey meat.
China’s top food watchdog said Wednesday food and drug safety was “grim” and pledged stronger oversight.
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