Chinese police seized more than 20,000 tons of illegal meat billed as beef or mutton but actually made of fox, mink and rat in an operation that has spanned three months.
The Ministry of Public Security said that 904 suspects have been arrested after a three-month investigation for trying to sell the counterfeit meat, according to the state news agency Xinhua.
Police said the suspects injected the meat with water to make it appear fresher and, in some cases, sold diseased meat to consumers.
Meanwhile, two “meat processing and selling dens” in the southwest region of China were cited for allegedly using hydrogen peroxide in the processing of chicken claws.
Authorities are also probing crimes related to dairy products.