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Restaurant sealed over mixed meats

AN outlet of a hot pot chain restaurant which sold questionable mutton was sealed and 113 kilograms of the mutton seized from it.

The city's food safety authorities said tests found pork and duck meat in the mutton slices. They are investigating the Xinpin Wholesale Market on Caobao Road which is the source of the mutton.

Selling mixed meat is not against the law, but it has to pass quality checks and sellers have to specify them on the label.

The P-Shang Dolar Hot Pot outlet in Zhoupu Town in the Pudong New Area had taken mutton off its menu on Sunday after a TV program questioned if the meat served at the restaurant was genuine "New Zealand mutton" as advertised.

The program's reporters said they had been tipped off that the hot pot outlet in Wanda Plaza was selling mutton mixed with other meats.

The restaurant manager told reporters that only 60 percent of the mutton, reportedly from "New Zealand" was genuine and was bought from Xinpin market.

A raid at the market led to the discovery of more such "New Zealand mutton" stored in a warehouse used by Mulian International Frozen Meat. It had no production date or list of ingredients on the package.

From delivery dates, officials learnt that Mulian had bought 11 tons of "New Zealand mutton" from Shandong Province in March and some of them had been sold to well-known hot pot chains like P-Shang, Little Sheep, Dai Mei and Macau Hot Pot, according to the Jiefang Daily newspaper.

But Yan Zuqiang, director of Shanghai Food Safety Office, said yesterday only the P-Shang outlet in Zhoupu was found to have the bought the questionable mutton.

The Mulian warehouse has been sealed and investigations are going on.

A special team has been organized to probe into the latest food scandal.


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