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China police seize 30,000 tonnes of tainted chicken feet

Published on Aug 26, 2014 5:06 PM

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - Chinese police have seized over 30,000 tonnes of tainted chicken feet, common on restaurant menus in China, in the latest food scandal to hit the country.

Authorities have detained 38 people involved in the sale of the chicken feet in provinces including the eastern province of Zhejiang, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

The arrests followed raids on nine supplier factories in nearby Jiangsu, Anhui, Henan and Guangdong provinces, Xinhua said, adding police found that excess hydrogen peroxide was being added to the meat.

China has been rocked by a number of high-profile food scandals from milk powder tainted with industrial chemical melamine to re-used "gutter oil" for cooking. Earlier this month, US ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co apologised to Chinese consumers as it recalled some infant cereal due to excess levels of lead.

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