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Rat, fox meat sold as lamb in latest food scandal in China

China

Rat, fox meat sold as lamb in food scandal

Chinese police have broken up a criminal ring accused of taking meat from rats and foxes and selling it as lamb in the country's latest food safety scandal. The Ministry of Public Security released results of a three-month crackdown on food safety violators, saying in a statement that authorities investigated more than 380 cases and arrested 904 suspects. Among those arrested were 63 people who allegedly ran an operation in Shanghai and the coastal city of Wuxi that bought fox, mink, rat and other meat that had not been tested for quality and safety, processed it with additives like gelatin and passed it off as lamb. The meat was sold to farmers' markets in Jiangsu province and Shanghai, it said. Despite years of food scandals — from milk contaminated with an industrial chemical to the use of industrial dyes in eggs — China has been unable to clean up its food supply chain.

McALLEN, Texas

Plant that blew up had only $1M policy

The Texas fertilizer plant that exploded last month, killing 14 people, injuring more than 200 others and causing tens of millions of dollars in damage to the surrounding area had only $1 million in liability coverage, lawyers said Saturday. Tyler lawyer Randy Roberts said he and other attorneys who have filed lawsuits against West Fertilizer's owners were told Thursday that the plant carried only $1 million in liability insurance. Brook Laskey, a lawyer hired by the plant's insurer to represent West Fertilizer, confirmed the amount Saturday in an email to the Associated Press, after the Dallas Morning News first reported it.

Britain

Politician arrested in rape inquiry

A senior lawmaker from Britain's ruling Conservative Party was arrested and questioned by the police on Saturday over allegations of rape and sexual assault involving two men, according to a person familiar with the investigation. The police did not release the suspect's name or job, describing him only as a 55-year-old man from Pendleton, a town in northern England. But the person with knowledge of the situation, speaking to the New York Times on the condition of anonymity, identified him as Nigel Evans, who serves as one of three deputy speakers in the House of Commons. The attacks "are alleged to have been committed in Pendleton between July 2009 and March 2013," the Lancashire police said in a statement. The lawmaker had not been charged.

Elsewhere

New York: Faced with hefty operating costs, the foundation building the Sept. 11 museum at the World Trade Center has decided to charge an admission fee of $20 to $25 when the site opens next year.

Phoenix: Flying for several hours after sundown, a solar-powered airplane landed in Phoenix early Saturday morning on the first leg of a cross-country trip. The Solar Impulse is considered the world's most-advanced sun-powered plane.

Times wires

Rat, fox meat sold as lamb in latest food scandal in China 05/04/13 [Last modified: Saturday, May 4, 2013 11:12pm]
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