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Pesticides alleged on mud snails

AUTHORITIES are testing pickled mud snails, a traditional cold dish in eastern China, after online allegations that they are pickled with methamidophos, a type of toxic pesticide.

The latest mud snails quality test in Shanghai cleared the products of quality problems, but the test didn't include pesticides, local quality officials said.

Netizens yesterday said that almost all the pickled mud snails sold in the market, which look big and full, have methamidophos applied to them, and thus the snail meat looks better.

Zhang Jin said on that her relatives, who work as fishermen, gave her family some homemade pickled mud snails as a gift, and told her "not to eat the good-looking mud snails sold in the market."

The relatives explained that after they are pickled in salt, the meat of the snails shrinks because of loss of water, but if some methamidophos is scattered on the fresh, living mud snails, the snails die immediately and the meat doesn't shrink.

Yesterday the Ningbo Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau said it has started inspecting the pickled mud snails sold there. Results will be announced in about 10 days.


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