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Report: Supermarkets sell fake mutton

FAKE mutton composed mostly of duck meat has been sold at many supermarkets in the city, including Lotus, Walmart, Tesco and Auchan, according to an STV news report yesterday.

Reporters sent 16 frozen mutton samples of 10 brands bought from local supermarkets to Biotecan, an independent testing agency in Zhangjiang High-Tech Park in the Pudong New Area.

The company found a mutton roll sample from Shanghai Hewang Food Co Ltd contained less than 5 percent mutton. The rest was duck. The package of Hewang Snow Flake Lamb Meat, marked as exclusively mutton, was priced at 29.9 yuan (US$4.82).

Samples of the other brands were found to be genuine, according to the report.

The Shanghai Food Safety Office is investigating.

Local watchdog officials who raided the factory of Hewang on Qilianshan Road in Putuo District found the company had suspended operations more than two months ago. Only slicing machines and empty freezers were seen.

Hewang bought its mutton raw material from Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and sliced and packed the mutton products, according to the report.

A woman in charge of the factory said mutton is a seasonal food.

She said the company's products had been shipped to Lotus, but reporters found the mutton products also were available at local outlets of Walmart, Tesco and Auchan. Reporters confirmed the origin by scanning bar codes on packages with mobile phone software.

At Tesco, the products were sold out, but the price tag was still visible at one store.


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